Photography : Forks & Spoons at Galerie Buchholz: Roubaud, Woodman and Others

Galerie Buchholz 17 East 82nd St, NYC

19 April - 18 May 2024 My preference for looking at photographs is always within books: recent passions are for the artist-books of Justine Kurland and Shala Miller, and a posthumous publication of Alix Cléo Roubaud. Viewing these works, and the ways the artists use their bodies and their words, inevitably led to Francesca Woodman, and her talismanic monograph of 1986. There are some uncanny parallels between Woodman and Roubaud. Both young women were working in the same era - the late 70s and early 80s, framing their own bodies and using seriality, repetition, and long exposures to blur motion. Both were invested in darkroom manipulations of the print. They favored similar, baroque interiors and sartorial flourishes, and performed for the camera enactments of seduction and desire. Sadly, they shared an intensity in their affective lives as well, cut short by suicide and suicidal behavior both.   For more information