7. Radiator Building and more by Georgia O’Keefe
Georgia O’Keefe (1887-1986) had a long and prolific career as an artist, painting a wide variety of subjects. She was the first woman to have a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art and was one of the most influential twentieth century American painters. While her Precisionist pieces featuring skyscrapers and other New York subjects represent a small portion of her oeuvre, they are among her most celebrated. These include “Shelton Hotel New York No. 1,” where she lived with her husband, Alfred Stieglitz (the same Stieglitz who exhibited Marin’s work). The building is now the Marriott East Side.
The Shelton also provided a vantage point for O’Keefe to create “Radiator Building at Night, New York.” She painted the office building, now the Bryant Park Hotel, from her high rise studio in the Shelton. She had come to the big city from a small town in the Midwest but found her muse in the New York skyscraper.