Francesca Woodman - Photographs London Thursday, November 5, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    Private Collection, Europe

  • Exhibited

    Immagini, Maldoror bookshop, Via di Parione, Rome, 20-30 March 1978

  • Literature

    G. Casetti, F. Stocchi, eds., Francesca Woodman, Roma 1977-1981, exh. cat., AGMA Publishing, 2011, pp. 38, 65

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is a postcard invitation for Francesca Woodman's first solo exhibition Immagini at the Maldoror bookshop, Rome, 20-30 March 1978. Woodman affixed a contact print to only a few invitations.

  • 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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Francesca Woodman and Giuseppe Gallo, Postcard invitation for Immagini exhibition

Gelatin silver contact print, mounted to a postcard.
Image: 5.8 x 5.6 cm (2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in.)
Postcard: 10.4 x 14.9 cm (4 1/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

£10,000 - 15,000 

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London Auction 6 November 2015 2pm