Review: “Francesca Woodman, I’m Trying My Hand at Fashion Photography”

Rachel Heidenry

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There is something about her photographs that balance mystery, beauty and texture in a way that no other artist has ever managed to achieve.

Francesca Woodman: I’m trying my hand at fashion photography, on view at Marian Goodman New York through March 12, 2015 is simply great. The curators let Francesca do the speaking, arranging the thirty small photographs in a simple line formation around the gallery space. The work is so subtle, it could be overlooked. But it mustn’t be.

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Dedicated to Woodman’s fashion photographs, which were shot between 1978-1980, the exhibition reveals the photographer’s’ continual exploration of the female subject. The usual themes creep into the frame – flaking wallpaper, mirrors, patterned cloth and hair. But in these images you also see Woodman acknowledging the commercial world – the world of models and advertisement, fashion and style. In no way does she submit to their aesthetic, but…

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