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Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories
Text by Chris Kraus.
Classic and previously unseen photographs and archival materials by a genius of staged photography, with a new essay by Chris Kraus
This elegant volume presents more than 40 vintage photographs by the pioneering American photographer Francesca Woodman (1958–81), many of which have never before been seen. These photographs span the creative arc of the artist’s life, focusing on the varied thought processes, interests and influences that inspired her work.
Clustered thematically, Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories highlights previously unexplored relational contexts, drawing deeply on Woodman's formative years in Providence, Rhode Island, and Italy, and featuring previously unpublished photographs and archival materials.
In the newly commissioned essay “Impure Alchemy,” critic and novelist Chris Kraus explores Francesca Woodman’s life via her work, drawing upon her journals and letters as primary source materials, and exploring the technical means and literary strategies that animate Woodman's works.
Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories portrays the artist’s lasting impact on generations of artists, and offers a compendium of images, which, as Kraus writes, still “inspire new mysteries and questions.”
Featured image is reproduced from 'Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories'.
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/12/2022
"A waltz in three parts," Providence, Rhode Island, (1975–1978) is reproduced from Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories, the new release from Marian Goodman Gallery containing both classic and previously unseen photographs and archival materials by the remarkable and ever-more influential American photographer who took her own life in 1981—at just twenty-two years of age. Chris Kraus writes: "Francesca Woodman’s work was the result of a headlong romance with the magical properties of analog photography: a magic created, as most magic is, through a series of very deliberate steps and constant study." Kraus cites Giuseppe Casetti, co-owner of Maldoror, the anarchist bookstore where Woodman hung out when living and studying in Rome: "She was never distracted; every moment of Francesca’s life was in preparation for a photograph. She was always thinking about her work… She was like a machine: she could be inspired by anything she looked at, or she could figure out how to make it useful from a creative point of view… She didn’t love ordinary things, but she loved decadence, the ruined object, vestiges of the past."
IMAGE CREDIT: Francesca Woodman. A waltz in three parts, Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-1978. Vintage gelatin silver print. © Woodman Family Foundation / ARS, New York continue to blog
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Pub Date: 2/1/2022
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