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About This Artwork
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 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
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.
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).
Given by the artist to the Art Institute through the Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1969.