Francesca Woodman

The photography of Francesca Woodman. If you find yourself at SFMOMA here in San Francisco, make sure to see the work of Francesca Woodman. Her photographs are hauntingly beautiful. They speak truth to a young artist at art school trying to discover ones’ voice. Woodman’s experimentation in photography was current in what was happening in art in the 1970′s and it would of been interesting to see how she would of evolved as an artist if she had not tragically cut her life short.

Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) was an artist decisively of her time, yet her photographs retain an undeniable immediacy. Thirty years after her death, they continue to inspire audiences with their dazzling ambiguities and their remarkably rich explorations of self-portraiture and the body in architectural space. This retrospective, the first in the United States in more than two decades, explores the complex body of work produced by the young artist until her suicide at age 22. Together with Woodman’s artist books and videos, the photographs on view form a portrait of an artist engaged with major concerns of her era — femininity and female subjectivity, the nature of photography — but devoted to a distinctive, deeply personal vision.

**Text from www.sfmoma.org.

**All photographs are from www.berk-edu.com

3 comments

1 HiLLjONo Gravatar { 01.30.12 at 4:52 pm }

I love her work. I’ve watched many documentaries on her and her parents alike. The third from the top here with the peeling paint, I’d love that in my home. I also love her Eel series.
Pity she took her own life and died so young.

2 Jim BaldocchiNo Gravatar { 01.30.12 at 7:10 pm }

Wow, what a powerful photographer. Saw the exhibit at SFMOMA.

3 Amy RowanNo Gravatar { 02.01.12 at 6:35 pm }

It was a great show! And for those on the East coast, it’s coming to the Guggenheim March 16th. :)

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