Artist in her element on O'Keeffe's land

  • April 08, 2010 10:41

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'Cabin Fever' in the Susan Rothenberg retrospective 'Moving in Place' at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.

Ex-New Yorker Susan Rothenberg is an artist painting in New Mexico, amidst the same striking scenery that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe to produce some of her best work.

Many parallels exist between the lives of the two artists. Each exited the city for the desert, a quiet place "with no grid," says Rothenberg. Both were once at the center of New York's art scene and married to other art luminaries: photographer/dealer Alfred Stieglitz in O'Keeffe's case; multimedia artist Bruce Nauman is Rothenberg's husband.

There are similarities in both artist's work, too, including a straddling of abstraction and figurative painting in works informed by the New Mexican landscape. Yet, the current retrospective “Moving in Place,” now at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, puts into focus Rothenberg's own distinctive style, which vibrantly, roughly captures the “melodrama of nature,” she says.


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