In an exceptionally informative catalog essay for the present
exhibition, the art historian Julia Bryan-Wilson surveys the
critical and art historical literature that has proliferated around
Francesca Woodman, the photographer who took her own life at 22 in 1981, is as close to a true saint as the putatively secular world of contemporary art can claim. The dreamy, formally playful and disarmingly erotic pictures Woodman made - mostly of herself partly unclothed or naked - project a self surrendering unreservedly to the spirit of art...it remains a poignant record of adolescent joy, fear, ambition and angst. It was not only her body that she exposed - she bared her soul too, and that is a rare and beautiful thing.--Ken Johnson "The New York Times "