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The Woodman Family Foundation featured in Artnet News series “The Art World at Home”

Learn from our Executive Director, Lissa McClure, about ways the Foundation continues to support and steward the legacies of Betty Woodman, Francesca Woodman and George Woodman, while working from home.

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From the Archives...

Francesca Woodman often used the backs of her photographs to write letters to family and friends, addressing, stamping and dropping her prints directly into the mailbox. In this exchange between her and George from April 1977, they discuss her first forays into fashion photography and other news from Providence and Boulder.

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Images L to R: Francesca Woodman. Untitled, New York, 1979. 3 3/8 x 3 1/2 in. Chromogenic print / Francesca Woodman. Untitled, New York, 1979-80. Gelatin silver print. © Woodman Family Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Francesca Woodman. Untitled, New York, 1979. 3 3/8 x 3 1/2 in. Chromogenic print.
Francesca Woodman: New York Works at Victoria Miro Venice, October 31-December 12

LAST CHANCE to see Francesca Woodman: New York Works in Venice this week! On view through Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Victoria Miro Venice.

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From the Archives...

A former wine cellar underneath the family's stone farmhouse in Antella, Italy was transformed in to a new photography and painting studio for George Woodman, with surrounding views of the Tuscan countryside.

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From the Archives...

Betty Woodman’s Chinese Pleasure (2007-2008) was commissioned by the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program for the United States Embassy in Beijing. Woodman was inspired by and freely borrowed from visual influences all over the world and throughout art history, here incorporating three distinct moments in the history of Chinese art, ranging from Sichuan bronzes to popular culture into this dramatic installation.

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From the Archives...

From 1972-1973, Francesca Woodman studied at Abbot Academy, one of the few high schools in the US at the time to offer a concentrated art program. It was there that Francesca met Wendy Snyder MacNeil, her earliest, highly influential teacher who introduced her to the creative and expressive capabilities of photography.

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Images from L to R: The Woodman family at home in Boulder, Colorado, circa 1963 / Sirotkin House, designed by Tician Papachristou, 1959, Boulder, Colorado, courtesy M. Gerwing Architects / Images 3-7: Interior and exterior views of the Woodman family home in the Sirotkin House, circa 1960s / Baskets in Betty’s studio before one of her twice-yearly sales.
The Woodman family at home in Boulder, Colorado, circa 1963.
From the Archives...

In 1960, after returning to Boulder, Colorado, from their first year together in Italy, the Woodman family moved into the Sirotkin House. One of more than a dozen modernist homes in Boulder by architect Tician Papachristou, the house was designed for the original owner as a pair with the house next door.

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Francesca Woodman: New York Works at Victoria Miro Venice, October 31-December 12

This exhibition centers on a rare series of color photographs that Francesca Woodman staged in her New York apartment in 1979.

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All images related to George Woodman, The Rochester Carpet, 1984, Bevier Gallery, RIT, Rochester, NY. L to R: Installation view with the artist / Installation view / Students sorting patterns before painting / Pages from the artist's instructions / article in the Times-Union, Rochester, NY, December 6, 1984.
Installation view, George Woodman, The Rochester Carpet, 1984, Bevier Gallery, RIT, Rochester, NY.
From the Archives...

George Woodman’s The Rochester Carpet was a sprawling, patterned mosaic temporarily covering the floor of the Bevier Gallery at Rochester Institute of Technology in December of 1984. This site-specific work was just one of the artist’s ambitious and encompassing tile projects, extending his earlier practice as an abstract painter by employing complex systems of pattern and color across public spaces.

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From the Archives...

In 1987, Betty Woodman began her work at the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres, as an artist invited by the French Ministry of Culture. Over the course of more than twenty years, she made a series of sculptural vases and cups and saucers in brilliantly decorated porcelain, later shown at the Palazzo Pitti in her adopted home city of Florence.

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