Preview: Francesca Woodman, San Francisco Museum of Art

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photographer on December 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm


Francesca Woodman, Polka Dots

The pained, brief photographic odyssey of Francesca Woodman is currently on display with the blessing of her parents for the first time.

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.

November 05, 2011 – February 20, 2012

For more information: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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