Chinese hair ornament, thought to have been worn by the Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908). Made from gilded copper alloy worked into phoenix-shapes, decorated with pearls, other gemstones, and kingfisher feathers. Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.
From her twenties until the end of her life, O’Keeffe studied and admired various aspects of Asian culture. Many of her abstracted landscapes, such as this bird’s eye view of a river, show her interest in the calligraphic line and flattened perspective of Japanese and Chinese painting. // Posing for the photographer Bruce Weber in 1984, O’Keeffe fused Eastern and Western influences by pairing a kimono with a vaquero hat. The swirl of her “GOK” brooch, designed by her friend Alexander Calder, echoes the larger form of her own sculpture behind her. // This kimono, a padded men’s garment in striped gray silk with a black collar, suited her lifelong taste for clothing that was practical, androgynous, and monochromatic, while also reflecting her fascination with Asian culture.
A man posted this video to his Instagram account of a Chinese art exhibition of black people photographed next to wild animals. The exhibit is supposedly entitled, “Outward appearance follows inner reality.”