Francesca Woodman


About the Artist

At the age of thirteen Francesca Woodman took her first self-portrait. From then, up until her untimely death in 1981, aged just 22, she produced an extraordinary body of work. Comprising some 800 photographs, Woodman’s oeuvre is acclaimed for its singularity of style and range of innovative techniques. From the beginning, her body was both the subject and object in her work. 

In Focus

Posted from The Guardian

Searching for the real Francesca Woodman

In 1981, at just 22, the sublimely talented Francesca Woodman killed herself, leaving behind evocative photographs that influenced a generation of artists. On the eve of an exhibition, Rachel Cooke talks to her parents and friends about the young woman who is fast becoming a myth


Betty Woodman remembers with perfect clarity the day her daughter Francesca took the photograph. It was in La Specola, Florence's museum of natural history. "Francesca was fascinated by La Specola," she says. "She wanted to work there, but it wasn't going to be straightforward. So she made friends with the guard and he let her in after hours. He got very nervous about it – I think he was more interested in her than in photography – so she asked me to go with her. I had to sit in a room outside, but if she squawked or sounded like she needed help, I was to go right in.” Francesca’s father, George Woodman, interrupts: “What she means is, if the guard pinched her bottom, Betty would be there…"


August 31, 2014
In the end, you can only return to the images themselves, the best of which are not only beautiful, but endlessly beguiling.

Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

13 October - 14 November 2015

Forces in Nature

Curated by Hilton Als
A group exhibition curated by the celebrated US critic and author Hilton Als. The exhibition explores the idea of man in nature and includes works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Verne Dawson, Peter Doig, NS Harsha, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Celia...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
9 September - 4 October 2014

Francesca Woodman

The first solo exhibition of the artist's work at the Mayfair gallery. In her short career Woodman produced an extraordinary body of work - over 800 photographs - acclaimed for its singularity of style and range of innovative techniques. This...
Victoria Miro Mayfair
17 November 2010 - 22 January 2011

Francesca Woodman

Victoria Miro is delighted to announce an exhibition of work by Francesca Woodman drawn from her recent retrospective which opened in 2009 at Espacio AV, Murcia, touring to SMS Contemporanea, Siena and the Palazzo della Ragione, Milan in 2010. Victoria...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
19 June - 28 July 2007

Francesca Woodman

This exhibition by American artist Francesca Woodman includes five large-format photographs presented for the first time along with a selection of some 30 photographs from the key formative periods in Francesca Woodman's career - Boulder, Colorado; Providence, Rhode Island; Rome...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
21 June - 31 July 2004

After Image

Group Exhibition
Simryn Gill, Ana Mendieta, Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman Curated by Glenn Scott Wright, After Image touches on issues ranging from self-definition to cultural belonging. Simryn Gill, Ana Mendieta, Cindy Sherman and Francesca Woodman all use photography of their own bodies...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
28 June - 28 July 2000

Francesca Woodman

Francesca Woodman took her first self-portrait at the age of thirteen and for the next several years she created a body of work that was prolific for its singularity of style and range of innovative techniques. Finding her forte, Woodman...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
7 May - 30 June 2000


Group Exhibition
Yayoi Kusama. Francesca Woodman, Robin Lowe, Adriana Varejão, Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Abigail Lane, Hadrian Pigott, Brad Lochore, Cecily Brown, Chris Ofili, Andreas Gursky, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Inez van Lamsweerde, Peter Doig, Thomas Demand, Stephen Willats, Dawn Mellor, Chantal Joffe,...
Victoria Miro Gallery I

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