Francesca Woodman

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This is the only book available on the legendary American photographer Francesca Woodman (1958-81), an artist who has attracted a devoted worldwide following, despite a career of less than a decade, cut short by her tragically early death at the age of 23. With over 250 photographs, some of which have never been exhibited or published before, this is the only comprehensive monograph on Woodman. Original research by Dr. Chris Townsend relates Woodman's work to its American and European influences, from ...

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Overview

This is the only book available on the legendary American photographer Francesca Woodman (1958-81), an artist who has attracted a devoted worldwide following, despite a career of less than a decade, cut short by her tragically early death at the age of 23. With over 250 photographs, some of which have never been exhibited or published before, this is the only comprehensive monograph on Woodman. Original research by Dr. Chris Townsend relates Woodman's work to its American and European influences, from post-minimal sculptors such as Richard Serra to American 'gothic' photographers such as Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Included are extracts and facsimile pages from Woodman's journals, illuminating her thought processes and giving a unique insight into her methods of working.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714844305
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,053,850
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 11.75 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

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    As it is very easy to dwell on the artists untimely death and the romantic myths surrounding her suicide and her bourgoise lifestyle, this book refreshingly chooses to focus instead on the great body of work left behind, an approach Woodman certainly deserves. It never fails to shock me how incredible her work was for such a young age- bold brave, poetic, sublime and truely beautiful images. Art students and lovers have been awaiting more material on Woodman for some time and this book really is a treasure. Its a thorough book brimming with artwork and worth its weight. The writer draws on many areas of art ciritcsm and theory, a rich insight to the complex readings of her work whilst also revealing Woodman's own sources of inspiration. Drawings on ideas of self-representaion, the essay provides ciritical and important ideas not in terms of Woodman but the genre as a whole and subsequent artists/ideas (eg Cindy Sherman etc). And yes, there are images like these now flooded in art schools, but that is precisely because of the inspiration these images have left behind, Im not saying she was revolutionary, but she was certainly creating these images at a time when indeed the art schools were a long way off being filled by students expressing these aesthetics and ideas! And bar from the discussions on whether she was deserved of so much praise, the images are just simply beautiful, thought-provoking, surreal and romantic, and whats wrong with that even if we have seen it before? This is one of the most in-depth essays and sets of images Ive ever seen presented on an artist- and if you don't like art criticism then the artwork alone is worth every penny!

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