Irene Clurman on George Woodman, "Arts Magazine," April 1982: READING ROOM

L to R: All artworks by George Woodman. “Untitled,” 1980. 85 x 84 in / “Untitled,” c. 1980-81. 75 x 110 in / “Untitled,” c. 1980-84. 44 x 32 in. Oil paint on canvas / “Iris,” 1991. 48 x 37 1/2 in. Collection of Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado / “Daphne,” 1982. 78 x 60 in / Detail of "Low Balustrade Screen (Garden Balustrade Screen),” 1981 / “Low Balustrade Screen (Garden Balustrade Screen),” 1981. 42 x 151 1/2 in. Each panel 42 x 30 in. Photo: John Berens / Irene Clurman. “George Woodman.” Arts Magazine, April 1982 / Installation view, “Paper Tilings,” 1982. Acrylic paint on paper. University Galleries, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. Woodman Family Foundation Archive. All artworks acrylic paint on canvas unless otherwise noted.

READING ROOM highlights past essays, reviews and interviews about Betty Woodman, Francesca Woodman, and George Woodman that provided new insights and lenses through which to understand their work.

In her essay for Arts Magazine related to George Woodman’s 1982 solo exhibition at Haber-Theodore Gallery in New York, Irene Clurman discusses the transformation of Woodman’s patterns and palette into more representational forms.“Idiosyncrasies in the patterns thwart attempts to comprehend fully the logic behind interlacing of tulips, irises, and lattice designs. Some configurations appear only once, as accents; others recur as mirror images; still others are caught in the act of changing colors as forms overlap. Only the artist knows for sure what will happen next.

“And what has happened in Woodman’s recent work goes beyond unexpected shifts in formal progressions. Regarded for years as a rigorous non-figurative painter, Woodman has stepped out of the mold without totally destroying it.”

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Irene Clurman. “George Woodman.” Arts Magazine, April 1982.

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