The Shelton Hotel opened in midtown Manhattan in 1924 as the tallest hotel in the world. O’Keeffe, who lived in the Shelton between 1925 and 1936, took advantage of the bird’s-eye view from her apartment on the thirtieth floor to capture this panoramic, aerial view of the East River waterfront, looking across to Long Island City, Queens. Rendered in dull tones and pictured with factory stacks belching filthy smoke into the air, the hazy composition presents an inhospitable, industrial landscape that betrays the painter’s increasing dissatisfaction with modern urban life.
Inscription: Initialed (verso, in center of five-pointed star, in graphite): OK
the artist; [Doris Bry, New York]; Sidney and George Perutz, Dallas (in 1969); [Doris Bry, New York; until 1971; sold in 1971 to the artist]; the artist (1971–d. 1986; her bequest as part of the Alfred Stieglitz Collection to MMA)
Intimate Gallery, New York. "Georgia O'Keeffe Paintings, 1928," February 4–March 17, 1929, no catalogue (unnum. checklist; as "East River from the Shelton No. VI").
Minneapolis. University Art Gallery, University of Minnesota. "5 Painters (Demuth, Dove, Hartley, Marin, O'Keeffe)," January 27–February 14, 1937, no. 40.
Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Georgia O'Keeffe: An Exhibition," May 14–August 25, 1946, no catalogue (checklist no. 20; as "East River from the Shelton [30th Story]").
Art Institute of Chicago. "Alfred Stieglitz: His Photographs and His Collection," February 2–29, 1948, extended to March 7, 1948, no catalogue (loan no. S-230; as "East River from the Shelton, 30th Story," 1926) [probably this work].
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. "An Exhibition of Paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe," February 1–22, 1953, brochure no. 7 (as "East River").
New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Georgia O'Keeffe," October 8–November 29, 1970, no. 60.
Art Institute of Chicago. "Georgia O'Keeffe," January 6–February 7, 1971, no. 60.
San Francisco Museum of Art. "Georgia O'Keeffe," March 15–April 30, 1971, no. 60.
Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College. "An Exhibition of Paintings: Georgia O'Keeffe, on the Occasion of the M. Carey Thomas Awards," October 21–November 2, 1971, no. 7 (as "River, New York").
New York. Andrew Crispo Gallery. "Pioneers of American Abstraction: Oscar Bluemner, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Sheeler, Joseph Stella, Max Weber," October 17–November 17, 1973, no. 98.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Georgia O'Keeffe: 1887–1986," November 19, 1988–February 5, 1989, not in catalogue (unnumbered checklist addenda).
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Georgia O'Keeffe: 1887–1986," March 30–June 18, 1989, not in catalogue.
Milwaukee Art Museum. "O'Keeffe's O'Keeffes: The Artist's Collection," May 4–August 19, 2001, no. 41 (as "River, New York").
Santa Fe. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. "O'Keeffe's O'Keeffes: The Artist's Collection," September 14, 2001–January 13, 2002, no. 41.
Humlebaek. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. "O'Keeffe's O'Keeffes: The Artist's Collection," February 8–May 20, 2002, no. 41.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe," October 13, 2011–January 2, 2012, no. 185.
Lisa Mintz Messinger. Georgia O'Keeffe. New York, 1988, pp. 50-52, fig. 34.
Maria Costantino. Georgia O'Keeffe. New York, 1994, pp. 80-81, ill., frontis.
Barbara Buhler Lynes. Georgia O'Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven, 1999, vol. 1, pp. 364-65, no. 619, ill.
Lisa Mintz Messinger inStieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe. The Alfred Stieglitz Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Lisa Mintz Messinger. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2011, pp. 14, 200, 280, no. 185, ill. (color).
Sarah Greenough, ed. My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. Vol. 1, 1915–1933. New Haven, Conn., 2011, pp. 422, 424.