I started looking at the photography of Francesca Woodman in graduate school and have not stopped looking since. Subsequently, I have had many heated conversations about her virtues as a photographer and whether or not the work represents fledging photographic meanderings or genuine expertise. I will let you decide for yourself. Meanwhile, I will continue to be charmed by her mercurial, disintegrating images that hover somewhere between the real and the imagined.
Francesca Woodman is the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work since Woodman’s untimely death in 1981 at the age of 22. This survey includes more than 120 vintage photographs, artist books, and a selection of recently discovered and rarely seen short videos, presenting a historical reconsideration of Woodman’s brief but extraordinary career. The New York presentation of Francesca Woodman is organized by Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator, Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
“Francesca Woodman” runs through June 13 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street; (212) 423-3500, www.guggenheim.org