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Book cover of Francesca Woodman, 1981, Some Disordered Interior Geometries, (Synapse)
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction, May 21, 2015, #2385, Lot 341)
Printed pink-lavender wrappers. first edition, limited to 500 copies (of which apparently 50 were distributed).
A scarce title and the only book produced during Woodman's lifetime.
As a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, Woodman (1958-1981) spent a year abroad, from 1977-78, in Rome, where she modeled this project on an antiquarian geometry exercise book. Conversant in Italian, she had also spent summers in Italy with her family.
The poetic self-portraits appear with abstruse mathematical formulae and printed handwritten notations. Due to the tragic circumstances of Woodman's death, a small number of copies were made available to friends and family at her funeral, while the remaining copies were returned to her family.