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The Painted Desert is in Arizona. I don’t know if Georgia O’Keeffe ever went to Arizona, or painted this picture in some sort of New Mexico geological sameness, like the Badlands. By 1940, though, she had bought a place at the mysteriously named Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, N.M., which is not even close to the Badlands but nearer to Taos, where she had met Ansel Adams in the previous post.

As I look into the Ghost Ranch area a little further, it’s pretty famous for its red rock cliffs. A lot of western movies were filmed there, most recently The Lone Ranger (2013 film), produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, starring Armie Hammer in the title role and Johnny Depp as Tonto. 

Grey Hills, Georgia O'Keefe 1941

Grey Hills, Georgia O’Keefe 1941

Plot: An American Indian spirit warrior, Tonto (Depp), recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice. The two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

The Lone Ranger’s world premiere is June 22 at the Hyperion Theater in the Hollywood Land district of Disney California Adventure with proceeds donated to the American Indian College Fund.


NOTE: I do intend an actual post on the importance of Georgia O’Keeffe, but not today.