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Museum Dedicated Georgia O’Keeffe’s Work Opens in New Mexico

Boasting thirty-three Georgia O’Keeffe pieces in its permanent collection, the Georgia O’Keeffe museum opened has recently opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Anne Marion, of the Burnett Foundation, made the museum a reality by having the foundation buy the property for the land. Marion herself also hired and oversaw an architect to mold the ten galleries of the museum, created two advisory boards, staffed the museum, and acquired the thirty-three O’Keeffe pieces. Marion did this all within two years, and the museum opened with the largest O’Keeffe collection in the world and a total display of 117 art pieces. O’Keeffe first came to New Mexico in 1929 and returned there almost yearly. After her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, died in 1946, she moved there permanently. In New Mexico, O’Keeffe created her most celebrated works. O’Keeffe died in 1986 at the age of 98, leaving behind more than 2,200 pieces of art.

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Reuters - July 17,1997