Francesca Woodman's haunting black-and-white images, many of them nude self-portraits, now reside in the pantheon of great photography from the late 20th century. The daughter of artists Betty and Charles Woodman (she a ceramicist and he a painter/photographer), Francesca was a precocious graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, who came to New York with the intention of setting the art world on fire. But in 1981, as a despondent 22-year-old, she committed suicide.
The Woodmans beautifully interweaves the young artist’s work (including experimental videos and diary passages) with interviews with the parents who have nurtured her professional reputation these past 30 years. The film grapples with disturbing issues, including parent-child competition and the toxic level of ambition that fuels the New York art scene.
This award-winning documentary was directed by C. Scott Willis.
DVD. 82 minutes.
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