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"Ideas in Antella," Antella, Italy: "Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories," Marian Goodman Gallery New York

L to R: Contact sheet and artworks by Francesca Woodman. Contact sheet, Italy, c. 1978. 10 x 8 in. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art / Project sketch by Francesca Woodman, c. 1978 / “Untitled,” Italy, 1978. 4 9/16 x 4 9/16 in. Gelatin silver print / “Untitled,” Italy, 1978. 4 5/8 x 4 5/8 in. Gelatin silver print.

NOW ON VIEW “Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories” at Marian Goodman Gallery through December 23rd.

Francesca Woodman was deliberate about the photographs she made, frequently sketching in her journal and jotting down notes about her concepts and intentions. Here you can see the evolution of some specific “Ideas in Antella:” first as simple drawings, then translated from photographic negatives to a contact sheet, and finally as the pair of lush and mysterious gelatin silver prints now on view.

“These are all the starting points, the starting premises for my projects. On these points i improvise,” Woodman wrote of her general approach to working, “sort of like improvisational theater—i try to be intuitive, when i am actually taking the pictures i really only think about composition, not about content + meaning. I try not to force emotions on them, so i can’t really tell you much about the results.”

For more information on this exhibition, click here.

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