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O'Keeffe Museum Wins Grant For 'Spring' Conservation

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico has won a grant from Bank of America that will support conservation of the artist’s pivotal painting entitled “Spring.”

In addition to supporting research and conservation, the funding will enable the museum to share its work online. Officials say “Spring” marks a turning point in O’Keeffe’s life.

Her husband, famed photographer Alfred Stieglitz, died in 1946 and for three years, she suspended her trips to New Mexico to stay in New York and settle his estate. “Spring” is one of her few creations from that period.

The conservation work will address cracks, flaking and darkening surface stains on the painting. The work also has a history of water damage caused by a leak in O’Keeffe’s Abiquiú, New Mexico home.

The conservation and research into the painting’s past treatments are expected to take about a year.