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Touring exhibition

O’Keeffe and Moore

The San Diego Museum of Art, USA

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A large, wooden carving of a reclining figure by Henry Moore, displayed on a plinth. Two small paintings by Georgia O'Keefe are hung on the blue wall behind, to either side of the sculpture.

This is the first exhibition to bring together the work of two iconic modernists: Georgia O’Keeffe and Henry Moore.

While these artists worked on different continents, their careers and contributions to the artistic development of the 20th century reveal many parallels. The two artists pioneered and shared a coherent vision and approach to Modernism.

While other Modernist artists also used natural forms as a pathway to abstraction, no other artists apart from O’Keeffe and Moore centred their art on this fundamental aspect, and amassed such great collections of animal skulls and bones, gnarled tree roots and twisted driftwood, and smooth and hollowed stones. Both artists also drew inspiration from the landscapes that were an essential part of their life and work.

Curated by Anita Feldman, The San Diego Museum of Art’s Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Education, the exhibition will also travel to Albuquerque Museum (30 September – 31 December 2023) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (5 February – 9 June 2024).

Henry Moore, 'Reclining Figure: Bone' 1975 (LH 643), travertine marble. © The Henry Moore Foundation.

Works in the exhibition

The exhibition features over 100 paintings and sculptures which trace their artistic development and explore Surrealist concepts such as the pairing of objects and metamorphosis. The exhibition also includes recreations of the artists’ studios, complete with their original contents of found objects, tools and furnishings.


View list of works in our online catalogue


Getting here

The San Diego Museum of Art

1450 El Prado
San Diego
CA 92102


T:  619 232 7931