All artworks by Francesca Woodman. “Untitled,” Andover, Massachusetts, c. 1972-74. 3 x 4 1/4 in / “Untitled,” MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, 1980. 3 3/4 x 3 13/16 in / “Untitled,” Providence, Rhode Island, 1976. 5 3/16 x 5 3/16 in / “Untitled,” Newport, Rhode Island, 1976. 6 1/2 x 6 7/8 in / “Untitled,” Newport, Rhode Island, 1976. 6 3/8 x 6 3/8 in. All gelatin silver prints.
Francesca Woodman. Detail of “Untitled,” Andover, Massachusetts, c. 1972-74. 3 x 4 1/4 in. Gelatin silver print.
OPENING Thursday October 5th: Francesca Woodman in "RE/SISTERS: A Lens on Gender and Ecology," Barbican Centre, London, October 5, 2023-January 14, 2024
RE/SISTERS reflects on a range of themes related to eco-feminism, unpacking alternate relationships to the natural world which often resist the logic of capitalism, as well as environmental and gender justice. Fifteen photographs by Woodman—many of which have rarely or never before been seen—explore the figure in relation to the landscape.
L to R: Betty Woodman during her Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Bellagio Study Center, Bellagio, Italy, 1995. Woodman Family Foundation Archives / Installation view: “Distant Conversations: Ella Walker and Betty Woodman,” Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, 2023. Photo(s) by Morgan Karanasios, Courtesy of the Currier Museum of Art. Artwork by Betty Woodman © Woodman Family Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Katarina Jerinic and Lorenzo Fusi in conversation, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, September 28, 2023.
Betty Woodman during her Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Bellagio Study Center, Bellagio, Italy, 1995. Woodman Family Foundation Archives.
THIS THURSDAY "Italian Connections: Ella Walker and Betty Woodman," September 28, 6-7pm, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
Join us this THURSDAY for Italian Inspirations - a free program celebrating the ongoing exhibition, “Distant Conversations: Ella Walker and Betty Woodman,” on view now through October 22. Katarina Jerinic, Collections Curator at The Woodman Family Foundation, will offer deeper insight into how Betty Woodman’s time in Italy influenced her singular approach to ceramic sculpture, paired with a presentation from the Currier’s Chief Curator Lorenzo Fusi highlighting the influence of Italian fresco on Ella Walker’s work.
Francesca Woodman. “Untitled,” Antella, Italy, c. 1977-78. 4 x 3 7/8 in. Gelatin silver print / Images 2-5: Installation views from “The Rose,” Lumber Room, Portland, OR, 2023. Courtesy the lumber room. Photo: Mario Galluci. © Woodman Family Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Francesca Woodman. “Untitled,” Antella, Italy, c. 1977-78. 4 x 3 7/8 in. Gelatin silver print.
NOW OPEN Francesca Woodman in "The Rose," Lumber Room, Portland, OR, July 29-October 28, 2023
Curated by Justine Kurland, this exhibition brings together 44 artists whose works resonate with Jay DeFeo’s cumulative use of materials, including Wangechi Mutu, Hannah Wilke, Moyra Davey, K8 Hardy, Joiri Minaya, Lee Bontecou, and Ruth Asawa, among others. Conceived by Kurland as an homage to DeFeo’s monumental sculptural painting “The Rose” (1958-66), the assembled works on view together from an exhibition as collage.
Video interviews from the Woodman Family Foundation archives included in the exhibition video for “Betty Woodman and George Woodman,” Charleston, East Sussex, UK, March 25–September 10, 2023. Exhibition video Charleston Trust. All video interviews Woodman Family Foundation Archives. All artworks © Woodman Family Foundation / DACS, London.
Still from exhibition video for “Betty Woodman and George Woodman,” Charleston, East Sussex, UK, March 25–September 10, 2023. Exhibition video Charleston Trust. All video interviews Woodman Family Foundation Archives. All artworks © Woodman Family Foundation / DACS, London.
CLOSING SEPTEMBER 10: "Betty Woodman and George Woodman," Charleston, East Sussex, UK, March 25-September 10, 2023
Last chance to see this unique exhibition, the first two-person presentation of Betty Woodman’s and George Woodman’s work in the UK. Focused on the couple's prolific time at their farmhouse in Antella, Italy—where they lived and worked for part of each year for nearly fifty years—the exhibition explores the artists’ mutual influences and their shared life immersed in art, culture, travel and experimentation, reflected in kindred palettes and patterns. Catch a glimpse of their Italian studios and home and hear them speak about the importance of Italy to their work in this exhibition video, assembled from interviews in the Woodman Family Foundation archives.
Installation view: “Betty Woodman and George Woodman," Charleston, East Sussex, UK, 2023.
Installation view: “Betty Woodman and George Woodman," Charleston, East Sussex, UK, 2023.
Video vignettes from Charleston for “Betty Woodman and George Woodman,” Charleston, East Sussex, UK, March 25-September 10, 2023
Video vignettes by Charleston that highlight artworks by Betty Woodman and George Woodman included in the exhibition Betty Woodman and George Woodman. On view through September 10, 2023.
Still from exhibition video for “Betty Woodman and George Woodman,” Charleston, East Sussex, UK, March 25–September 10, 2023. Exhibition video Charleston Trust. All video interviews Woodman Family Foundation Archives.
Still from exhibition video for “Betty Woodman and George Woodman,” Charleston, East Sussex, UK, March 25–September 10, 2023. Exhibition video Charleston Trust. All video interviews Woodman Family Foundation Archives. All artworks © Woodman Family Foundation / DACS, London.
Exhibition video for "Betty Woodman and George Woodman," Charleston, East Sussex, UK, March 25-September 10, 2023
Catch a glimpse of Betty and George Woodman's Italian studios and home and hear them speak about the importance of Italy to their work in this exhibition video, assembled from interviews in the Woodman Family Foundation archives.
L to R: Pair: George Woodman. “Piazza San Francesco di Paola,” 1965. 32 x 32 in. Oil paint on canvas. Photo: John Berens / Betty Woodman. “Aztec Vase and Carpet: April,” 2016. 38 1/2 x 58 x 43 in. Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, paint, and canvas. Photo: Jeff Elstone / Installation view: George Woodman. “Piazza San Francesco di Paola,” 1965 / Betty Woodman. “Aztec Vase and Carpet: April,” 2016 / Betty Woodman. “Wallpaper 19,” 2017 / Pair: Betty Woodman. “Wallpaper 19,” 2017. 65 x 59 in. Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, and acrylic paint / George Woodman. Paper Tile Installation, 1982. Dimensions variable / Installation view: Betty Woodman. “Aztec Vase and Carpet: April,” 2016 / Betty Woodman. “Wallpaper 19,” 2017 / George Woodman. Paper Tile Installation, 1982 / Betty Woodman. “My House,” 2014. 80 x 84 x 10 in. Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, acrylic paint, canvas, and wood / George Woodman. “Pitti, Medea, Roses,” c. 1988. 41 1/4 x 72 in. Gelatin silver print / Betty Woodman. “Santa Barbara,” 2005. Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, paint, and canvas / George Woodman. “Cosmati,” 1966. 60 x 60 in. Oil paint on canvas / Installation view: George Woodman, "The Rochester Carpet," 1984, Bevier Gallery, RIT, Rochester, New York. Woodman Family Foundation Archives / Betty Woodman. “Aztec Vase and Carpet #3,” 2012. 35 x 85 x 43 in. Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, acrylic paint, and canvas. All Charleston installation views: "Betty Woodman and George Woodman" at Charleston 2023. © The Charleston Trust; photograph: James Bellorini.
Pair: George Woodman. “Piazza San Francesco di Paola,” 1965. 32 x 32 in. Oil paint on canvas. Photo: John Berens / Betty Woodman. “Aztec Vase and Carpet: April,” 2016. 38 1/2 x 58 x 43 in. Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, paint, and canvas. Photo: Jeff Elstone.
Frescos, patterns, and mosaics: "Betty Woodman and George Woodman," Charleston, East Sussex, UK, March 25-September 10, 2023
Fragmented frescos glimpsed in Italian churches and Roman ruins, geometry noticed in Cosmati floor mosaics, and patterns seen on tile walls in Spain, Turkey, Morocco, Mexico and Portugal provided decades-worth of ideas for both artists, realized on the floor and on the wall.
Francesca Woodman. "Space²," Providence, Rhode Island, 1976. 5 3/8 x 5 1/4 in. Gelatin silver print. Collection of RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island.
NOW OPEN Francesca Woodman in “The Performative Self-Portrait” at RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, May 13-November 12, 2023
From capturing themselves in shadows and reflections to trying on alternative or speculative identities, "The Performative Self-Portrait” explores the body as material and medium and photography as vehicle to consider ways artists use self-portraiture to enact the self, question history, and articulate identity. Made between 1930 and the present, works in the exhibition range from new acquisitions to older works on view for the first time.
L to R: Installation view: Betty Woodman and George Woodman at Charleston 2023. © The Charleston Trust; photograph: James Bellorini / Betty Woodman. "His and Hers Vases: Looking Back," 2006. 29 1⁄2 x 45 x 13 1⁄2 in. Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, and paint. Photo: Jeff Elstone / George Woodman. "Blue Arm and Chinese Maiden," 2012. 24 x 19 1⁄2 in. Oil paint on gelatin silver print. Photo: Eliza Little / Pair: Betty Woodman. “His/Her Vase, Gauguin’s Nude,” 2005. 29 x 58 x 11 in. Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, and paint / George Woodman. “Classical De Stijl,” 2007. 16 x 20 in. Oil paint on gelatin silver print. Photo: Eliza Little / George Woodman. “Untitled,” 1987. 20 x 16 in. Gelatin silver print. Photo: Eliza Little / Betty Woodman. “Venus #12,” 2016. 34 1/4 x 16 x 5 1/2 in. Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, paint, and cement / George Woodman. “Euridice and Amor,” 1982. 63 x 51 in. Acrylic paint on canvas / Betty Woodman. “Green Nude,” 2007. 33 x 33 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, and paint / George Woodman. “Untitled,” c. 1992. 41 1/4 x 33 1/2 in. Gelatin silver print.
Installation view: “Betty Woodman and George Woodman” at Charleston 2023. © The Charleston Trust; photograph: James Bellorini.
Art historical influence: "Betty Woodman and George Woodman," Charleston, East Sussex, UK, March 25-September 10, 2023
‍The exhibition at Charleston explores ways that Betty Woodman’s and George Woodman’s shared life and experiences over more than six decades found expression in the works that emerged from each artists’ studio. Art history significantly influenced them both, as can be seen in many of the works on view at Charleston as well as numerous other works in the Foundation’s collection, as shown here.
L to R: All artworks by Betty Woodman. Images 1-3: “Floating Beauty,” 1999. 27 x 56 x 10 1/4 in / Images 4-6: “After the Bath,” 2011. 35 x 37 1/2 x 8 in / Images 7-9: “Egyptian Diptych,” 1995. 28 x 52 x 8 in. All artworks glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, and paint. All images Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery. Photography: Phoebe d’Heurle.
Betty Woodman. “Floating Beauty,” 1999. 27 x 56 x 10 1/4 in. Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, and paint.
OPENING Friday May 12: "Betty Woodman: Diptychs," David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, May 12-June 16, 2023
“Betty Woodman: Diptychs” focuses on two-part ceramic sculptures made by the artist between 1990 and 2013. The exhibition charts the evolution of Woodman's ideas about positive and negative space and sculpture and painting through these carefully composed works.
L to R: Betty surveys pots fresh from the kiln in front of one of George’s tessellation paintings in the Woodmans’ living room in Antella, c. 1970s / Pair: George Woodman. “Untitled,” c. 1970. 52 x 52 in. Acrylic paint on canvas. Photo: John Berens / Betty Woodman. “The Kitchen Table,” 2014. 63 x 60 x 12 1/2 in. Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, acrylic paint, canvas, and wood. Private collection / One of George’s paintings in the Woodman’s bedroom, c. 1970s / The Woodmans' farmhouse in Antella, c. 1990s. Betty's studio was located in what had been the house's wine cellar. An outdoor structure was added to give her more space to work / Betty installing a Balustrade Relief Vase in the workspace just outside of her wine cellar studio, 1996 / George on the threshold of his former studio, when it had been located next to the outdoor dining area, c. 1980s / The Woodmans continued to expand the wine cellar studio. In 2008, they renovated and expanded the space significantly, transforming it into new studio for George / George decorates the exterior wall of his new studio with his version of “sgraffito,” a technique of scratching into plaster walls, popularized in 15th and 16th Century Italy and significant in the Italian Renaissance, Antella, Italy, 2008 / George and Betty in George’s wine cellar studio, 2009 / Works in progress in Betty’s most recent Antella studio, which was built into the hillside below the house and above the olive groves, 2004. All archival images Woodman Family Foundation Archives.
Betty surveys pots fresh from the kiln in front of one of George’s tessellation paintings in the Woodmans’ living room in Antella, c. 1970s. Woodman Family Foundation Archives.
NOW ON VIEW: "Betty Woodman and George Woodman," Charleston, East Sussex, UK, March 25-September 10, 2023
This exhibition at Charleston—the home and studio of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant—centers on Betty and George Woodman’s prolific time in Antella, Italy, where they lived and worked together for part each year for nearly 50 years. In addition to presenting a range of artworks exploring the couple’s mutual influences and their ongoing dialogue in a variety of media, the exhibition includes archival photographs documenting their home, life and work in Antella.
L to R: Betty Woodman. "His and Hers Vases: Looking Back," 2006. 29 ½ x 45 x 13 ½ in. Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, and paint / George Woodman. "Blue Arm and Chinese Maiden," 2012. 24 x 19 ½ in. Oil paint on gelatin silver print.
L to R: Betty Woodman. "His and Hers Vases: Looking Back," 2006. 29 ½ x 45 x 13 ½ in. Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, and paint / George Woodman. "Blue Arm and Chinese Maiden," 2012. 24 x 19 ½ in. Oil paint on gelatin silver print.
"Betty Woodman and George Woodman" featured in "STIR," March 26, 2023
Read Rahul Kumar's interview with Charleston curator Emily Hill in "STIR" about the exhibition "Betty Woodman and George Woodman" on view now through September 10, 2023 at Charleston, East Sussex, UK.