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Saturday, 3 March 2012

Francesca Woodman

Francesca Woodman was a promising American photographer who committed suicide in 1981 at the age of 22. She left behind an impressive body of work, most of which had not been seen by the public in her lifetime. Since 1986, her work has been exhibited around the world. She has been critically acclaimed for her stunning and mysterious imagery, and her personal, dark and fugitive depiction of the body (hers more often than not).


 The SFMOMA just wrapped up the most exhaustive exhibition to date of her photographs, artist books and videos. We now stock the 224-page catalogue of that exhibition.


The book comes with an introduction and essay by Corey Keller, associate curator of photography at the SFMOMA, as well as essays by Jennifer Blessing and Julia Bryan-Wilson, who writes the most fascinating piece about the reception of Woodman's work by feminist scholars and the ways it's shaped by the artist's story and mystery.


This retrospective, First Comprehensive Examination of Woodman’s Brief Career Assembles Over 120 Works Including Newly Released Photographs, Artist Books, and Videos, is traveling to the New York Guggenheim this month! It will be up from March 16th to June 13th.


Also in stock is Francesca Woodman's Notebook. This extravagant publication presents itself as an oversize powder-blue cardboard box that contains a thin facsimile of a found Italian school exercise book filled with writing to which Woodman added photographs and writing of her own.


An afterword by Woodman's father is included at the end of the booklet.

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