September 18, 2019

Francesca Woodman Buzz Heard Around the World


We aren't the only ones bursting at the seams with excitement for Francesca Woodman: Portrait of a Reputation exhibition. Check out what the world is saying:

  • The Wall Street Journal: The Unseen Photos Of Francesca Woodman by Ted Loos. He writes: The legend of Francesca Woodman looms large, even 38 years after her death at age 22. The precocious photographer worked mostly in black-and-white, and her pictures—many of herself in strange and dramatic poses—still have a strong resonance for viewers, making them a go-to for representing the emotional landscape of young women...Some 50 unique and never-before-seen prints, from the trove of college friend George Lange, will be on view. “She was working on a completely different level than anyone at RISD,” says Lange, a photographer himself. “She was already the real thing.” Read the full story here!
  • Photograph Mag: Francesca Woodman: Portrait of a Reputation article says: This exhibition presents an early episode in the artistic life of American artist Francesca Woodman (1958-81). Featuring over 40 unique, vintage prints, as well as notes, letters, postcards, and other ephemera related to the artist’s burgeoning career, this exhibition details Woodman’s creative coming-of-age primarily during the years 1975-79. Introducing this material for the first time, the exhibition is drawn from the personal collection of George Lange, a long-time friend and classmate." Read the full story here!
  • Vogue Italia: This is not a fashion photograph by Di Vince Aletti. He writes: Memories of a life hidden in a box. That today, opened after forty years, gives birth to an exhibition and a book, so as not to forget Francesca Woodman's dreams. Read in Italian or English here!
  • Air Mail: Francesca Woodman Portrait of a Reputation article says: Woodman was more the girl next door, exploring the mystery of femaleness when no one was looking. Her photographs let us look. This exhibition focuses on work from 1975 to 1979, the years of her creative coming of age, and features over 40 unique vintage prints, along with notes, letters, postcards, and other ephemera. Read the full story here!
  • Westword: MCA Denver Will Give Francesca Woodman Her First Major Colorado Exhibit by Adam Perry. He writes: Posthumously, Woodman has been deservedly celebrated internationally; however, Francesca Woodman: Portrait of a Reputation, which opens September 20 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, will be the first proper exhibition of Woodman’s work in Colorado. The show is based on a private collection that Lange had kept to himself, in a box, for over 35 years. “It’s kind of a very private thing that I kept all these years,” Lange explains, “and I feel like I have a certain responsibility to my friendship with Francesca to basically take care of this piece of the story that we shared. A lot of the people sold the pictures that they got from her at auction. It feels really nice to be able to share it." Read the full story here!
  • 5280: MCA’s New Director Continues the Tradition of Telling Untold Stories by Meredith Sell. She writes, Nora Burnett Abrams brings her curatorial vision into her new role as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art. The show is titled Francesca Woodman: Portrait of a Reputation, and it fills the first floor of the museum where Abrams was recently promoted to director. The show aims to humanize Woodman, whose work is often interpreted under the shadow of her suicide at age 22. The entire exhibit—as well as a separate one on the second floor, a film work called Flora about a woman artist who was born and raised in Denver at the turn of the last century—stands as an example of what Abrams and MCA are known for: uncovering artists’ stories that haven’t been told and redefining what a museum can be. Read the full story here!
  • CPR: For Decades, Francesca Woodman’s Photography Was Overshadowed By Her Death. A New Exhibit At The MCA Tries To Change That by Stephanie Wolf. She writes, "The show tries to capture Woodman’s process of discovery, even exhibiting the work in a way that shows its imperfections, like the fixer stains or bent corners." Read the full story here!