About This Artwork

Georgia O'Keeffe
American, 1887–1986

The Black Place, 1943

Oil on canvas
50.8 x 91.4 cm (20 x 36 in.)

Alfred Stieglitz Collection, gift of Georgia O'Keeffe, 1969.834

© The Art Institute of Chicago

The Black Place was Georgia O’Keeffe’s name for one of her favorite locations to paint, discovered as she toured New Mexico in her Model A Ford. Located in the Bisti Badlands about 150 miles from Ghost Ranch, the dude ranch north of Abiquiu where O’Keeffe lived in the summer, the Black Place featured a landscape of numerous black and gray hills. O’Keeffe later described the terrain as looking “like a mile of elephants—grey hills all about the same size with almost white sand at their feet.” In The Black Place, she emphasized the rolling continuity of the rounded hills.

— Permanent collection label

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

New York, An American Place, Georgia O’Keeffe Paintings-1943, January 11-March 11, 1944, no. 19.

New York, Museum of Modern Art, Exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe, May 14-August 25, 1946, no. 50.

Fort Worth, Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Georgia O’Keeffe: An Exhibition of the Work of the Artist from 1915 to 1966, March 17-May 8, 1966; traveled to Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, May 26-July 3, 1966.

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Georgia O’Keeffe, October 8-November 29, 1970, no. 90, cat. by Lloyd Goodrich and Doris Bry; traveled to the Art Institute of Chicago, January 1-February 7, 1971; San Francisco Museum of Art, March 15-April 30, 1971.

Pittsburgh, Museum of Art of the Carnegie Institute, Forerunners of American Abstraction, November 18-January 9, 1972, no. 80.

Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection, Georgia O’Keefe & Alfred Stieglitz: Two Lives, A Conversation in Paintings and Photographs, December 12, 1992-April 4, 1993, cat. by Alexandra Arrowsmith and Thomas West, eds., ill. p. 105; New York, IBM Gallery of Science and Arts, April 27- June 26, 1993; Minneapolis, July 17-September 12, 1993; Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, October 2-December 5, 1993.

Kunsthaus Zurich, Georgia O'Keeffe, October 23, 2003-February 1, 2004.

Publication History

Daniel Catton Rich, “The Stieglitz Collection,” Bulletin of The Art Institute of Chicago, 18, (November 15, 1949), p. 70.

Barbara Buhler Lynes, "Georgia O'Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonné," (National Gallery of Art/Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation/Yale University Press, 1999) no. 1058 (vol. 2).

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute through the Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1969.

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