It was at a retrospective art exhibit that Dawn Tripp first noticed the “startling difference between the revolutionary charcoals and abstract works that [Georgia] O’Keeffe created as a young artist, and the Southwest landscapes, flowers and representational paintings she is now most famous for,” according to a release from the author. That shift, Tripp found out through subsequent research, had much to do with O’Keeffe’s personal and professional tangling with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, an early exhibitor of O’Keeffe’s work and her eventual lover. Snippets from their relationship and O’Keeffe’s wider history informed Tripp’s new fictionalized book Georgia, which follows the protagonist on the bumping, swerving path from unknown to iconic. Tripp presents the novel at Malaprop’s on Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. Free. malaprops.com. Images courtesy of the author
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