‘Best Painting’

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When art writers Deanna MacDonald and Geoff Smith set out to write their book, “100 Best Paintings in New York,” they knew from the get-go that our borough would be a great place to visit.

“We knew the Brooklyn Museum was the place we could find works that could stand up in competition with works at the Met [and] MoMA,” said MacDonald.

The duo chose Georgia O’Keefe’s “Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock-Hills” (1935), pictured, which hangs in the museum’s Luce Center for American Art.

“We did consider the other great O’Keeffe works in the Met, but in the end, this one struck us the most,” said MacDonald. “We, of course, took into consideration a painting’s status within the world of art history, but we also considered our own personal preferences, which paintings spoke to us, caught our eye as soon as we entered the room, made [us] wonder about the artist and why they made this specific work. This O’Keeffe did all that for me.”

“100 Best Paintings in New York” ($22, Interlink Books) is available at Barnes & Noble (267 Seventh Ave. at Sixth Street in Park Slope). For information, call (718) 832-9066 or visit

Posted 4:41 pm, July 31, 2008
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