francesca woodman at the guggenheim, new york
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mar 17, 2012
francesca woodman at the guggenheim, new york


francesca woodman
polka dots, providence, rhode island, 1976
gelatin silver print, 13.3 x 13.3 cm)
courtesy george and betty woodman
© 2012 george and betty woodman

francesca woodman
guggenheim museum, new york city, USA
on show now until june 13th, 2012

the first notably comprehensive collection of photographer francesca woodman is on show at the guggenheim. organized by the san francisco museum of modern art,
the retrospective includes more than 120 vintage photographs from the cut-short career of the american artist, over thirty years after her death. her especially subjective
approach to this modern medium was marked with an affinity for self-portrature and exploration of the human form.

woodman was born in 1958 and began her photographic career at the age of 13. attending rhode island school of design in the 1970′s, she explored themes
of female subjectivity and conceptualism, developing a body of work which solidified her relevance as an american photographer and videographer of the 1970s.
after moving to new york in 1981, she worked in fashion imaging and on several great-scale personal projects. after a brief period in the city, she committed suicide
at the age of 22.

the exhibition includes a her earliest student works, videos, two of her sketch books, and the conceptual drawings for her massive ‘temple’ project in 1980.
six of the artist’s recently discovered short films are also displayed in the installation.


francesca woodman
self-portrait talking to vince, providence, rhode island, 1975–78
gelatin silver print, 13 x 12.9 cm
courtesy george and betty woodman
© 2012 george and betty woodman


francesca woodman

space2, providence, rhode island, 1976

gelatin silver print, 13.7 x 13.3 cm
courtesy george and betty woodman
© george and betty woodman


francesca woodman

untitled, macdowell colony, peterborough, new hampshire, 1980

gelatin silver print, 11.4 x 11.4 cm

courtesy george and betty woodman
© george and betty woodman


francesca woodman
untitled (from the angels series), rome, 1977
gelatin silver print, 7.6 x 7.6 cm
courtesy george and betty woodman
© george and betty woodman


francesca woodman
untitled, new york, 1979–80
gelatin silver print, 11.4 x 11.4 cm
courtesy george and betty woodman 

© 2012 george and betty woodman


francesca woodman
untitled, providence, rhode island, 1976
gelatin silver print, 13.3 x 13.5 cm
courtesy george and betty woodman
© 2012 george and betty woodman


francesca woodman
house #4, providence, rhode island, 1976
gelatin silver print, 14.6 x 14.6 cm
courtesy george and betty woodman
© 2012 george and betty woodman


a still from selected video works, providence, rhode island, 1976-78
half-inch black-and-white open reel video transferred to dvd, with sound, 11 min., 34 sec
courtesy george and betty woodman and marian goodman gallery, new york


francesca woodman
caryatid, new york, 1980
diazotype, 227.3 x 92.1 cm
courtesy george and betty woodman
© 2012 george and betty woodman


installation view: francesca woodman, solomon r. guggenheim museum, march 16–june 13, 2012
photo: david heald © solomon r. guggenheim foundation


installation view: francesca woodman, solomon r. guggenheim museum, march 16–june 13, 2012
photo: david heald © solomon r. guggenheim foundation

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