No Southwest artist is more revered than Georgia O'Keeffe as her paintings continue to please and her legend endures as the 'mother of American modernism.'
But far lesser known is her art from the period of 1916 to 1918 when she 'came west' and lived in Canyon, Texas, teaching art in a small college while exploring techniques, color palettes, and subjects.
During that period she grew confident in 'composing spaces creatively through the rhythmic patterns of tight lines, flowing curves, and open spaces,' and, according to her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, it was a time when she found her 'self' as well as bridged from watercolors to her later, more recognizable oils under the influence of Santa Fe. This edition, arguably 2016's most beautiful Southwest book, reproduces 46 of her watercolors at full-scale in a bound book and slips in a 57-page back-pocket bonus booklet of gallery notes and biographical photos. At $60 the set is a bargain.
- Bill Broyles Also selected by Christine Wald-Hopkins and Helene Woodhams