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FRANCESCA WOODMAN'S DARK GAZE: THE DIAZOTYPES AND OTHER LATE WORKS. Claire Raymond. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2016. An Ashgate Book. 202 pp. with 18 ills. (14 col.). 24 x 17 cm. LC 2015-38235 ISBN 9781472457127 In English.
Publisher's description: Focusing on the later work of the American photographer Francesca Woodman (1958-1981), Claire Raymond takes up the question of the disintegrative condition of the art she produced in the last year of her life. Departing from the techniques of her earlier compositions, Woodman worked in the diazotype process for many of these late pieces, most importantly the monumental Blueprint for a Temple. Raymond shows that through her use of diazotype, a medium that breaks down when exposed to light, Woodman created art that is both supremely evocative aesthetically and inherently unstable physically. Woodman, Raymond contends, was imaginatively responding to the end of the durable image, a historical reality acknowledged in the way her work plays the ephemeral and evanescent against the monumental and enduring. Raymond focuses on the theoretical and the curatorial issues surrounding Woodman's diazotypes, a thematic and practical distress that haunts much of her later art, especially the artist's book and photo series Some Disordered Interior Geometries and Portrait of a Reputation.
Artist(s):Woodman, Francesca
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1970 — Photography — Women Artists
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 172195
Hardcover $149.95    

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