Posted by: getthenac | July 7, 2010

Georgia O’Keeffe, Wile E. Coyote, and Me

from Wayne Wood:
Within sight of each other in Santa Fe, N.M., are buildings housing the works of two great American artists.
One is the painter Georgia O’Keeffe, who has a museum dedicated to her work.
The other is the animator Chuck Jones, whose work is among those sold at a gallery down the street from the O’Keeffe Museum.
O’Keeffe is known for her paintings of the New Mexico desert, especially sun-bleached animal skulls.
Jones is also best known for his depictions of the desert. His desert is different from O’Keeffe’s, though. The Jones desert is full of towering mesas and deep gorges, and the Roadrunner is always speeding through the landscape with Wile E. Coyote in full pursuit—often with the help of Acme Rocket Powered Roller Skates, Acme Earthquake Pills, Acme Rocket Sleds, and other pinnacles of product design.
We were in Santa Fe mainly because Sharon is a great admirer of O’Keeffe. There was a special exhibition of her abstract work, which I won’t even attempt to describe in words, because the whole point of abstraction is that it’s saying things that words cannot. But we went through the exhibit twice on two different days, the better to drink in the images and feel the color and to see the world a little bit through the eyes of a great artist.
But here’s where my inner Mr. Lowbrow comes out.
I think Chuck Jones is a great artist, too.

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