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Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz: The Far-Apart Artists, by Christopher Benfey in The New York Review

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By the end of her long life, Georgia Totto O'Keeffe, who died in 1986 at the age of ninety-eight, had become one of the most recognized of all American artists, eclipsing even such crowd-pleasing favorites as Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth. During her final years, when macular degeneration had partially blinded her and she painted with the help of an assistant guiding her hand, her popularity was equaled perhaps only by Andy Warhol, who admired her, interviewed her, and borrowed some of her favorite motifs, such as skulls and flowers. Just as Warhol's varied achievement has coalesced around a few frequently reproduced images--Marilyn, Mao, and cans of Campbell's Soup--O'Keeffe is best known today for her up-close vaginal flower petals and her austere evocations of a primeval New Mexico.

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