Hannah Ellis-Petersen (The Guardian) discusses a new exhibition that challenges traditional interpretations
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Georgia O’Keeffe (AP Photo)

There are few artists in history whose work is consistently reduced to the single question: flowers or vaginas?

But a new Tate Modern retrospective of Georgia O’Keeffe, a giant of American 20th-century modernism, is to challenge the “conservative male” – and widely accepted – assumptions that her famous flowers paintings are depictions of female genitalia.

The show, which opens in July, will be the UK’s largest ever exhibition of O’Keeffe’s work and will be Tate Modern’s first show since its £26m revamp. Featuring more than 100 works, which have rarely left America since her death in 1986, it will display her 1932 Jimson Weed painting, which in 2014 became the most expensive painting sold at auction by a female artist when it was bought for $44.4m. (more…)