Francesca Woodman. "Untitled," 1976, Providence, Rhode Island
As the child of artists, Francesca Woodman grew up on the periphery of the Fine Arts Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where her father, George Woodman, taught painting and the philosophy of art. Well-versed as she was from a young age in art history and contemporary art, Francesca was famously precocious in asserting her own ideas. In this series of photographs, which she gifted to her father, she humorously and good-naturedly carves out her own position as an artist, bursting through a poster for his 1976 lecture on minimalist heavy-weight Sol LeWitt, replacing it with a poster for her own exhibition at the Addison Gallery, and then herself.
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.
Francesca Woodman included in Henri Cartier-Bresson Foudation RATP campaign, Hôtel de Ville station, Paris, France, 2023
The Henri-Cartier Bresson Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary with a campaign of posters in various Paris metro stations highlighting the 70 exhibitions presented since its inception. An image from Francesca Woodman’s 2016 exhibition is currently on view in the Hôtel de Ville station.
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.
"Francesca Woodman: The Artist's Books" review in "The Brooklyn Rail," 2023
Read Karen Chernick's review in "The Brooklyn Rail" on "Francesca Woodman: The Artist's Books" published by MACK.
Family trips to Florence, Fiesole, and Pompeii in Italy, and Granada, Spain. c. 1966: SUMMER TRAVELS WITH THE WOODMAN FAMILY
The Woodmans spent another year together just outside of Florence from 1965-66. Betty had a Fulbright-Hays fellowship and George a faculty fellowship from the University of Colorado, while Charlie and Francesca attended the local public school. Of course they did not miss the opportunity to take breaks for traveling and exploring. Here they are wandering through Florence, nearby Fiesole, Pompeii and onward to Granada, Spain where they visited the Alhambra—one of the best-preserved palaces of Islamic architecture, with walls and floors covered in geometric mosaic tiles.
Acropolis of Athens, Athens, Greece, 1971 and 1966: SUMMER TRAVELS WITH THE WOODMAN FAMILY
The Woodman family made at least two trips to Greece together—or more as Francesca later described when discussing her monumental diazotype construction of a temple: "It’s funny how while I was living in Italy the culture there didn’t affect me that much and now I have all this fascination with the architecture etc, Francesca who as a child visited the Acropolis 3 times and always yawned.” The impact and influence of classical ruins, the architecture as well as the female form, can also be seen in both Betty’s and George’s work over many decades.
The Woodmans' passports, 1959, 1965, and 1970: SUMMER TRAVELS WITH THE WOODMAN FAMILY
As everyone heads out on vacation this August, we’re taking a look back at the Woodman family’s travels throughout the years with images from our archives…Throwback to a time when kids had to be on their moms passport! The Woodman family loved to travel and visited Naples, Milan, Florence, Paris, Quebec, London, Granada, New York City, Croatia (then a part of Yugoslavia), Istanbul, and Copenhagen between 1959 to 1974.
Francesca Woodman: The Artist's Books with Collier Schorr, Justine Kurland, Moyra Davey, Drew Sawyer at Rizzoli Bookstore
Collier Schorr, Justine Kurland, and Moyra Davey are in conversation with Drew Sawyer to celebrate the launch of Francesca Woodman: The Artist's Books. This event was held at Rizzoli Bookstore on June 28, 2023, with an introduction by Lissa McClure of The Woodman Foundation.
UPCOMING EVENT “Francesca Woodman: The Artist’s Books,” June 28 at 6:45-8:30pm, Rizzoli Bookstore, New York
Please join us for a conversation on Francesca Woodman with Collier Schorr, Justine Kurland, Moyra Davey and Drew Sawyer to celebrate the launch of "Francesca Woodman: The Artist’s Books.” The panelists will discuss the influence of Woodman’s work on their respective practices, and the ways in which an examination of these predominantly unseen artist’s books can shed a new light on her remarkable work.
Francesca Woodman featured in "The Art Newspaper," June 7, 2023
Big thanks to Jori Finkel for this lovely piece in the Art Newspaper! We’re thrilled to have her share more about the Foundation's plans and exciting things on the horizon for Francesca Woodman.
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.