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Dallas Museum of Art lands premiere of rare Ida O'Keeffe tour

Dallas Museum of Art lands premiere of rare Ida O'Keeffe tour

Ida O'Keeffe, Variation on a Lighthouse Theme
Ida O’Keeffe, Variation on a Lighthouse Theme II, c. 1933, Private Collection. Photo courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art has landed another coup: It will be the first stop in a 2017 tour of "Ida O'Keeffe: Escaping Georgia's Shadow," the first exhibition of the artist's work in 40 years.

The show will feature around 40 paintings, watercolors, prints and drawings, along with photos of O'Keeffe taken by Alfred Stieglitz in the 1920s.

The O'Keeffe name is well-known, but mostly because of Ida's sister, Georgia, who was considered one of the greatest painters of the 20th century. Ida's work was respected, but she rarely got the credit she deserved, something the exhibit will investigate and, hopefully, rectify.

Ida O'Keeffe was known for her work in realism in the 1920s and more abstract work in the 1930s. The latter was represented by a series of paintings of lighthouses.

DMA director Maxwell L. Anderson says the exhibit is a unique opportunity for Dallas art lovers. "Dallas is fortunate to have the rare and exciting prospect of introducing to art enthusiasts worldwide this rich new chapter in the history of American art that spanned over three decades beginning in the 1920s," he says.

The exact DMA exhibition dates, as well as future tour locations, have yet to be announced.