For art-history student Alex Sutherland, finally tracking down the great American artist was only the start of the challenge
I was an art history student in the late 70s and my tutor, seemingly immune to feminist discussions going on elsewhere, said if I insisted on writing on a 20th-century female artist I had to choose between Georgia O’Keeffe and Barbara Hepworth.
Hepworth had recently died, and I was convinced I had to meet the artist if my dissertation was to have any significance. So I wrote to O’Keeffe twice. She didn’t reply. After exhausting the references available in England I travelled to America.