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Product Details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Silvana Editoriale; Box Blg edition (November 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8836621171
  • ISBN-13: 978-8836621170
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 8.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The somewhat extravagant publication of Francesca Woodman's Notebook is sure to fan the flames of Woodmania even further. A slender volume packaged in a precious, powder-blue cardboard box, it is a finely produced reprint of a turn-of-the-century composition book that the artist found in Rome and embellished, placing her own photographs and text inside its yellowed pages. (Julia Bryan-Wilson Bookforum 2012-12-01)

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This very small notebook comes in an oversized box.
sm
One of the reasons I love Francesca is because she's such a mystery and it makes her work that much more interesting to view.
Courtney Gawthorp
Although the book itself is slight, and left me wanting to see more, up until now this material has not been seen.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By sm on December 12, 2011
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This very small notebook comes in an oversized box. It is really more like a pamphlett than a proper book. While the superimposition of the photographs is quite beautiful, the text is in Italian and appears to be routine school work. There is a very short essay by Woodman's father. This would only be worthwhile for a Woodman collector who wants everything they can find about the artist. For a non-specialist, one of the catalogues of her work would be a better purchase.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Gawthorp on January 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
One of the reasons I love Francesca is because she's such a mystery and it makes her work that much more interesting to view. This "book" (it's more a little pamphlet as another review mentioned, not really sure why this even needed a box) features a copy of one of Francesca's notebooks and has a little afterward by her father, George Woodman. This book really doesn't give much information about Francesca; it merely provides something tangible to look at that was hers, kinda.

Even so, I love this little thing and could stare at it for hours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By STONEBEADMAKER on April 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
This thin and at first glance not very significant little book seems to add to the overall mystique that surrounds Francesca's work. It allows us yet another glance at the series of notebooks she made out of antique store finds of old journal books from her year in Italy while at RISD. Pretty well known territory......but here's the hidden jewel. It is impossible to not make the connection between Francesca's work, and that of Deborah Turbeville, who she was said to almost idolize, this is documented in Cory Keller's essay in the S F MOMA catalog of their exibit. If you look closely at this little notebook, you can see on the cover, scratched out heavily in pencil....''for Deborah Turbeville'', and inside several cryptic lines to her, as well as a phone number.....WHOA.......It is then that the lightbulb comes on.....This was meant to be her ''calling card'' to Deborah, to either ask for work with her, or simply introduce herself. Deborah's phone call was never forthcoming, and the little book never sent to her.....WAS THIS AN S.O.S ?.......HOW DIFFERENT WOULD EVENTS HAVE TURNED OUT IF THIS CONNECTION WOULD HAVE BEEN MADE, AND FRANCESCA'S WORK COULD THEN HAVE BEEN GIVEN A MUCH LARGER AUDIENCE ? Just had to post this, and ask that question, as NO ONE ELSE SEEMS TO HAVE. As I sit here and look at Deborah Turbeville's book, THE FASHION PICTURES, I see a career, and a life that could have just as well been Francesca's........WHAT A PITY THEY NEVER MET.......Plus the fact that the pics in this little book are really strong , and totally stand on their own, as do so many of the pics from the notebooks.THIS IS THE BOOKS TRUE SIGNIFICANCE FOR THOSE OF US WHO LOVE BOTH ARTISTS WORKS.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Artbook Collector on December 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I just received my copy of Francesca Woodman's Notebook, and overall I'm quite pleased. I love Woodman's work and nothing like this has been produced before. It is a beautifully printed facsimile limited edition packaged in an elegant, powder blue box. The printing, done by Trifolio in Italy, is superb. Although the book itself is slight, and left me wanting to see more, up until now this material has not been seen. And at $33 (Amazon's price) it seems like a steal.

The combination of the original book, Francesca Woodman's cryptic handwritten notes and haunting photographs leave the viewer with more questions than answers. As George Woodman talks about in his short text, it seems possible that she may have intended this book to be letter, one that was never sent.

In my opinion it is a must have for any serious Francesca Woodman fan, and gives special insight into the mind of this incredible artist. Another Woodman notebook is included in the Woodman retrospective exhibition that is currently on view at SFMoMA; I look forward to seeing it in person when it comes to the Guggenheim NY next year.
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