[N.p.]: [n.p.], [n.d.]. Reprint edition. Octavo, publisher's stapled illustrated stiff paper wraps.
Bootleg printing of this celebrated artist book. Woodman graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, did residencies in Rome and at the MacDowell Colony, and lived briefly in New York. Her mostly black-and-white work, much of it a form of self-portraiture, explored the female form in relation to space, making use of experimental techniques to achieve ghostly effects of blurring and self-erasure. When she committed suicide in 1981 at age 23, she left behind a hypnotic and extraordinary body of work, including hundreds of unpublished prints and thousands of unprinted negatives, as well as several artists' books. Her last and most complex of these, Some Disordered Interior Geometries, was made from an old illustrated primer on Euclidian geometry that Woodman found in Rome, in which she superimposed 16 of her photographic prints and added occasional handwritten captions, creating "a three-way game that plays the text and illustrations [of the primer] against Woodman's own text and diagrams, as well as the 'geometry' of her formal compositions. This tripartite balancing act has the magical dexterity of a fugue" (Townsend, Francesca Woodman, 2006). A facsimile edition of Woodman's original was published just before her death by Synapse, a small Philadelphia-based artists' book publisher, in an edition of 500 copies. In the event, 450 copies were recalled by Woodman's family, with an unknown number of them distributed at her funeral as a tribute to her life and work. Copies are notoriously rare, no doubt occasioning the publication of the present piracy, ca. 2016, believed to have been done in an edition of fewer than a hundred. Fine and scarce. Item #685