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Self-Portrait of the Artist as a Suicide


Family dynamics examined through the prism of art: “The Woodmans,” C. Scott Willis’s compelling documentary study of an artistic clan whose comfortable life was shattered by the suicide of its youngest member, asks profound questions to which there really are no answers.

What caused Francesca Woodman, a prodigiously gifted 22-year-old photographer to throw herself out of a window in 1981? The daughter of George and Betty Woodman, respected artists who have been married for more than 50 years, she killed herself only five days before the most important show of her father’s career, a group exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum[1]. Francesca became posthumously famous for her ghostly black-and-white pictures of herself[2], often nude, her face blurred so that she seemed to merg


Added: Jan-23-2011 Occurred On: Jan-22-2011
By: whiterabbit1
Arts and Entertainment
Tags: Self-Portrait, of, the, Artist, as, a, Suicide
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