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On view at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey through January 20, 2013, Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land focuses on Georgia O’Keeffe’s (1887-1986) life from 1929 to 1953. During this time, O’Keeffe lived in New Mexico and found herself enthralled by her surroundings as well as the Native American and Hispano cultures of the region.

While O’Keeffe’s early career as one of the first American abstract painters and her relationship with American photographer and art dealer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) have been examined at length, O’Keeffe’s time in New Mexico has been less studied. The exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum features over 30 paintings and works on paper depicting New Mexico’s local architecture and landscape. From 1931 to 1945, O’Keeffe created numerous drawings, watercolors, and paintings of Kachina dolls (or Katsinam), which are carved representations of Hopi spirit beings. The exhibition includes 15 of these works, which are presented alongside actual Kachina dolls.

The Montclair Museum of Art will compliment Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico with a small presentation of three O’Keeffe works from a private collection including two oil paintings, Black Petunia and White Morning Glory 1 and Inside Clam Shell, and one pastel on paper, titled Pink Camellia.

The exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum was organized by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico and will travel to the Denver Art Museum (February 10-April 28, 2013), the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (May 17-September 8, 2013), and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona (September 27, 2013-January 12, 2014) after its run in New Jersey.

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Sometime next fall, the Alfred Stieglitz collection, Fisk University’s renowned art exhibit, will be packed up into crates and trundled off to Arkansas.

It will stay there for two years as part of a sharing agreement that, until recently, was caught up in what appeared to be an unyielding battle between ownership rights and financial distress.

The university, which has long run a $2 million annual deficit, agreed to sell half ownership rights of its $74 million Alfred Stieglitz collection for $30 million to a museum opened last fall in Bentonville, Ark., controlled by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton, according to an agreement filed in Davidson County Chancery Court.

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Few people in the world know as much about the life and art of Georgia O’Keeffe as Barbara Buhler Lynes, who resigned Friday after years as curator and director of the research center at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.

Museum officials declined to say why Lynes stepped down, and Lynes could not immediately be reached for comment.

Lynes said in a statement issued by the museum that she enjoyed her time there and leaves with deep admiration for the director, staff and board members.

“Serving the museum has been an illuminating experience, and I look forward to pursuing new projects and opportunities,” she said.

Lynes resignation came on opening day of a new exhibit that highlights the importance of O’Keeffe’s camping and rafting trips through the Southwest and the inspiration the treks provided for her art.

For more than a decade, Lynes was the driving force behind more than 30 of the museum’s exhibitions. She organized several symposiums at the research center that attracted scholars from across the country and became the museum’s first curator in 1999, two years after its opening.

The museum is the largest single repository of O’Keeffe’s work in the world. Its collection is made up of more than 3,000 works, including 1,149 O’Keeffe paintings, drawings and sculptures that date from 1901 to 1984, the year O’Keeffe was forced into retirement due to failing eyesight.

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