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Francesca Woodman, Untitled, Providence, Rhode Island, 1978, gelatin silver print, 4 1/2 × 4 1/2".

Francesca Woodman

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

Francesca Woodman, Untitled, Providence, Rhode Island, 1978, gelatin silver print, 4 1/2 × 4 1/2".

Among the reasons the photographs of Francesca Woodman entrance me is the insouciant grace with which she and her collaborators occupy their frames. Wearing a long dress, striped stockings, or nothing at all, hair in a sloppy bun or set loose, Woodman presented a distinct style, evident even in her earliest self-portraits as a teenager. Her presentation’s declarative (often humorously hedged) ambition at times became a literal aspect of the work, as in a handwritten note in red pen on a photograph she sent to her parents in 1977: I'M TRYING MY HAND AT FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY. In the black-and-white image, whose inscription gave this stellar show its title and its tilt, Woodman stands, hands covering her face, in a heavy dress in front of a similarly textured blanket that has been pinned against the wall behind her like a curtain, introducing at once the theatrical staging of her

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