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Francesca Woodmann


1958 - 1981 Boulder, Colorado, USA

Situated alongside 1970s contemporaries such as Ana Mendieta and Hannah Wilke, Woodman’s images, self-portraits and explorations of the female body, foreshadow the work of such artists as Cindy Sherman, Sarah Lucas, Nan Goldin, and Karen Finley. -

Woodman produced over 800 untitled prints during her life. Influenced by Conceptualism and often featuring recurring symbolic motifs such as birds, mirrors, and skulls, Woodman’s work is often compared to Surrealists such as Hans Bellmer and Man Ray. -

Francesca Stern Woodman was an American photographer best known for her black and white pictures featuring either herself or female models. Many of her photographs show young women who are nude, blurred (due to movement and long exposure times), merging with their surroundings, or whose faces are obscured. Her work continues to be the subject of much critical acclaim and attention, years after she killed herself at the age of 22, in 1981.

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The Roman Years Between Flesh and Film
This new volume provides insight into the life and work of Francesca Woodman via academic research and review of writings and photographs she created during two particularly fertile years spent in Rome before her untimely death.
On being an Angel: finding Francesca Woodman in the otherness of her self-portraits
Ignored in life, celebrated in death, the 22-year-old Francesca Woodman is a tragic hero of photography; an extraordinary progressive feminine voice, yet a victim of depression, isolation and the mores of her time. Her ghostly, monochrome self-portrait photographs are now revered, but is there more to her art than we realise?
Searching for the real Francesca Woodman
In 1981, at just 22, the sublimely talented Francesca Woodman killed herself, leaving behind evocative photographs that influenced a generation of artists. On the eve of an exhibition, Rachel Cooke talks to her parents and friends about the young woman who is fast becoming a myth
Self-Portrait of the Artist as a Suicide
Family dynamics examined through the prism of art: “The Woodmans,” C. Scott Willis’s compelling documentary study of an artistic clan whose comfortable life was shattered by the suicide of its youngest member, asks profound questions to which there really are no answers.
Francesca Woodman: Works from the Sammlung Verbund
Francesca Woodman: The Roman Years Between Skin and Film (Logos)
Francesca Woodman: On Being an Angel