Francesca Woodman, Polka Dots, November 1976
Courtesy George and Betty Woodman
As the Tribeca Film Festival comes to a close, it’s a good time to revisit some of ICP’s recent acquisitions. Francesca Woodman was a prolific photographer whose haunting, slow-shuttered images came to a sudden halt with her suicide in 1981. Her actively artistic parents are featured in The Woodmans, the 2010 Winner of the Best New York Documentary Award.
Jim Browne writes about the documentary, directed by C. Scott Willis:
The Woodmans is an inspiring portrait of one family’s fall and redemption in the often brutal world of art. Family patriarch George is a professor and painter. Wife and mother Betty is a ceramicist who earns her own show at The Met. Charlie, their son, is a video artist. Most highly regarded is Francesca, their daughter, one of the late 20th century’s most recognized photographers, whose fame came after a tragedy that would forever scar the family.
Through candid interviews with George, Betty, Charlie, and a host of friends we come to understand how significant the importance of art-making has been to this family. Francesca’s work emerges in a highly developed way at a very early age. Through the creative use of her journal entries, experimental videos, and dynamic photographs, director C. Scott Willis brings us into the life of this young artist in a very intimate, visceral, and tragic way. His debut feature documentary is an original and extraordinary work that plumbs the depths of what it truly means to be an artist.
For any Francesca Woodman fanatic, make a week of it: check out our beautiful polka dotted print created by Francesca Woodman and then go explore Francesca’s life by watching The Woodmans.