From Polka Dots series, Providence, Rhode Island, 1975—1978 - Francesca Woodman
About the Work
About From Polka Dots series, Providence, Rhode Island
This photograph, one of Francesca Woodman's most famous, depicts a young woman eerily crouched in the corner of a desolate room. As with most of Woodman's photographs, this image has an air of gloom; the woman looks frightened ...Read More
This photograph, one of Francesca Woodman's most famous, depicts a young woman eerily crouched in the corner of a desolate room. As with most of Woodman's photographs, this image has an air of gloom; the woman looks frightened, and her partially exposed breast hints at her vulnerability.Read Less
About the Artist
About Francesca Woodman
Encouraged artistically by her family from a young age, Woodman received her first camera, a Yashica 2 Â¼ x 2 Â¼, as a gift from her father, and she used it to take most of her photographs. Though the family lived in Colorado, they traveled to Italy each summer and Woodman developed a love for the country. While attending the Rhode Island School of Design, she traveled to Rome independently to study art for a year. Woodman was also deeply interested in the Surrealist movement and neo-Pictorialism—as seen in the work of fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville—and both movements are evident in the abstraction, motifs, and ghostly air of Woodman's work.
Her photography was first exhibited at Wellesley College in 1986 after it was discovered by Ann Gabhart, the director of the Wellesley Art Museum, in the Woodmans' family home in Colorado. Woodman's first retrospective opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2011 and traveled to the Guggenheim in 2012. Additionally, C. Scott Willis directed a documentary on the Woodman family, The Woodmans, which came out in 2010. Woodman's photographs are in the permanent collections of both the Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and prominent artists such as Cindy Sherman continue to cite her as an inspiration for their work. Read Less
DescriptionEstate gelatin silver print, framed
DimensionsThis work is framed
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