I admit, I’d have been surprised if I hadn’t liked this show. The Austrian expressionist painter Egon Schiele (1890-1918) and the American photographer Francesca Woodman (1958-81) are two of my favourite artists. This is the first time they’ve been shown together in a significant exhibition, and it’s a thrill.
The curators don’t try too hard, presenting small groups of each artist’s work alternately. Schiele’s powerful drawings are shown broadly chronologically, unlike Woodman’s black and white photographs, due no doubt to the brevity of her career (her earliest work here is a self-portrait from 1972, aged 13, although most of the images shown date from 1976 to 1978).
Image: Francesca Woodman, Eel Series, Venice, Italy 1978