Francesca Woodman - Artist | Icon | Inspiration: Women in Photography Presented with Peter Fetterman New York Friday, June 7, 2019 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    From the photographer to Daniel Wolf, New York
    Gary Edwards Gallery, Washington, D.C.

  • Literature

    Woodman, Francesca Woodman: Photographic Works, p. 96, variant

  • Catalogue Essay

    Portico with Caryatids of Delphi combines photographic images with drawing and handwritten text and relates directly to Francesca Woodman’s Temple Project. This project consisted of a series of large-scale studies of draped models, referencing caryatid figures in classical architecture, and was first exhibited in 1980 at The Alternative Museum in New York City. While Woodman’s images in that exhibition were monumental in scale, the smaller, more intimate work offered here presents insight into her creative process.

    This work was made with the diazotype technique, a positive-to-positive imaging process used primarily by engineers and architects. Woodman adapted this industrial process to her own artistic purposes. Drawing and writing on transparent paper, on which she also placed photographic transparencies, she created a template which was contact-printed onto diazotype paper and developed with ammonia vapor. The diazotype gave Woodman a great deal of latitude in the size of her prints, and she used it to create composite images such as the one offered here, as well as the life-sized images she made for the exhibition.

    The print offered was sent by Woodman to Daniel Wolf, the first gallerist to show her work in New York City.

  • Artist Biography

    Francesca Woodman

    American • 1958 - 1981

    During her brief 22 years, Francesca Woodman created an extraordinary body of work, exploring gender, selfhood and the body in relation to its surroundings. Woodman often experimented with a slow shutter speed, which slightly blurred and distorted her body as it moved throughout the exposure, creating a haunting, almost ghost-like effect. Her ethereal presence draws our attention to traditional depictions of the body, forms of portraiture and self-portraiture, illuminating the desire for self-preservation against the passing of time. 

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Portico with Caryatids of Delphi, March 12

19 1/4 x 17 1/2 in. (48.9 x 44.5 cm)
Overall 24 x 18 in. (61 x 45.7 cm)

Signature, annotations and drawings in the positive template.

$15,000 - 20,000 

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Artist | Icon | Inspiration: Women in Photography Presented with Peter Fetterman

New York Auction 7 June 2019