Untitled, 1975-1980
© Courtesy of George and Betty Woodman

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Untitled, 1975-1980 1975-1980
  • Artist Rooms
Woodman has carefully balanced a door at an unusual angle across the room, and hidden herself underneath creating an unsettling sense of claustrophobia. This image is from a series of photographs using doors as props, made while a student in New York. Alone and naked, she seems vulnerable, as she undertakes a voyage of personal self-exploration. The unusually placed items and desolate setting in this photograph create a mystical, transcendental quality in the tradition of Surrealism. The precariously placed, heavy object bears an uncanny resemblance to Richard Serra’s sculpture 'Strike (for Roberta and Rudy)' (1969-71).

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Surrealism

A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

Surrealism

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00357
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 14.00 x 14.00 cm (paper 25.20 x 20.20 cm) (framed: 45.80 x 40.20 x 2.00 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008