Beyond the N.C. art museum

The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh is currently hosting a fall exhibition, The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art,  featuring American modernist Georgia O’Keeffe and many other emerging artists influenced by her work.  The exhibition includes over 35 paintings and sculptures by O’Keeffe, and showcases many of her acclaimed pieces. It is part of NCMA’s  “Matrons of the Arts” initiative in efforts to support and display more work by female artists.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932, oil on canvas

Georgia O’Keeffe is recognized as the “mother of American modernism” and is most well known for her close-up paintings of flowers, along with city skylines and other landscapes.  She is one of the most enduring icons of feminism in art, and she is often recognized for vibrant colors and erotic undertones of her paintings. The Beyond highlights her as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and dives deeper into her legacy as a contemporary artist.The exhibition also includes an immersive 380-degree experience with footage of landscapes from where she worked and a voice-over of O’Keeffe herself.

The Beyond also presents 20 other emerging artists that apply their own style and vision to O’Keeffe’s central themes, creating a coherent yet diverse gallery.  The NC Art Museum hosts talks, demonstrations, and workshops with these artists. The next artist in residence is Cynthia Daignault on December 7th-9th. Daignault is a Brooklyn-based painter whose paintings are often installed in a series. The Beyond features one of her series’ titled Light Atlas. Daignault traveled over 10,000 miles across the country, stopping every 27 miles to sketch what she saw. The series includes 360 oil paintings that highlight the diverse landscapes of rural America.

Cynthia Daignault, Light Atlas 2014, oil on canvas.

The Beyond is an exceptional display of feminism in art and will be at the NC Art Museum until January 20th, 2019 before continuing on its national tour.

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