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Gallery II

November 19, 2022 – February 4, 2023

Danziger Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of vintage photographs by Francesca Woodman – an artist who during her short life was seen as an important and fresh voice in the expanding world of photography.

What Woodman created, largely while she was a student at RISD, was a remarkably original and influential body of photographs. As the daughter of two artists, George and Betty Woodman, she came to RISD able to incorporate a mature personal investigation into tasks designed for the understanding of fundamental photographic principles. At a time when few exhibiting photographers staged imagery for the camera, Woodman fabricated haunting, psychologically charged scenarios. She frequently posed for her own pictures, saying she knew best what she wanted from them. Her photographs are less self-portraits than fictive worlds for her characters.

The photographs we are exhibiting all come from the collection of the photographer George Lange – a classmate and close friend of Francesca Woodman’s during her time at RISD (The Rhode Island School of Design) from 1975 – 1978.

It was clear to people at RISD that Woodman was someone special and that she existed on a level of her own as an artist. As a classmate and good friend Lange was often gifted and exchanged prints with her as well as photographing Woodman at work and at play.  When Woodman left RISD she told Lange to take whatever prints he wanted from her studio.

After Woodman committed suicide in 1981, Lange put the pictures away not to be looked at for 30 years. While Woodman was recognized as one of the most important photographers of her generation — Lange kept the box closed out of affection for his friend and respect for her memory. It was not until 2017 when Lange was living in Boulder, Colorado that he showed the work to Nora Burnett Abrams, Director of Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art, who quickly made plans to mount an exhibition. Rizzoli publishers joined the project to produce a book, “Portrait of a Reputation”, which included a number of Lange’s own pictures of Francesca and helped paint a more nuanced and joyful picture of Woodman than the doomed artist she had generally been portrayed as. The exhibition and book went on to draw great acclaim.

A note about the prints and photographs: In a career that essentially spanned a scant five years, Woodman’s RISD work is the bedrock of her oeuvre. It was during this time that Woodman developed all her ideas and themes – self-portraiture, performance, freedom to picture her own body, and an unshakeable belief in the importance of art and being an artist. If the images are not all perfectly placed on the photographic paper or if the edges of the paper are fogged on some prints that is because the prints are so close to the act of creation they emit what I feel can only be described as a “pre-vintage” quality.

In conjunction with a selection of Lange’s own photographs of Francesca at RISD we hope this show not only presents a fresh and vibrant look at Woodman’s work but is also a portrait of a friendship.

Artists Represented:
Christopher Anderson
Hans Breder
Thierry Cohen
Mark Cohen
Jean Curran
Paul Cupido 
Susan Derges
Robert Frank
Paul Fusco
Hisaji Hara
Evelyn Hofer
Seydou Keita
Hendrik Kerstens
Annie Kevans
Karen Knorr
Jim Krantz
George Lange
Antonio Lopez
Michael Light
O.Winston Link
Alice Mann
Susan Meiselas
Yuji Obata
Tod Papageorge
Ian Ruhter
Sebastião Salgado
The Sartorialist
Risaku Suzuki
Ed Templeton
Carla van de Puttelaar
Corinne Vionnet
Julian Wasser
Brett Weston
Works Available By:
Will Adler
Andy Warhol
Christopher Bucklow
Chuck Close
Petra Cortright
Michael De Feo
Farrah Karapetian
Glen Luchford
Liz Nielsen
Enoc Perez
Senta Simond
Kenji Toma
Tereza Vlcková
Lloyd Ziff 

 
Current Exhibitions

Francesca Woodman

Portrait of a Reputation



November 19, 2022 - February 4, 2023
Gallery II, Danziger Gallery Los Angeles November 19, 2022 – February 4, 2023 Danziger Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of vintage photographs by Francesca Woodman – an artist who during her short life was seen as an important and fresh voice in the expanding world of photography. What Woodman created, largely while she was a student at RISD, was a remarkably original and influential body of photographs. As the daughter of two artists, George and Betty Woodman, she came to RISD able to incorporate a mature personal investigation into tasks designed for the understanding of fundamental photographic principles. At a time when few exhibiting photographers staged imagery for the camera, Woodman fabricated haunting, psychologically charged scenarios. She frequently posed for her own pictures, saying she knew best what she wanted from them. Her photographs are less self-portraits than fictive worlds for her characters. The photographs we are exhibiting all come from the collection of the photographer George Lange – a classmate and close friend of Francesca Woodman’s during her time at RISD (The Rhode Island School of Design) from 1975 – 1978. It was clear to people at RISD that Woodman was someone special and that she existed on a level of her own as an artist. As a classmate and good friend Lange was often gifted and exchanged prints with her as well as photographing Woodman at work and at play. When Woodman left RISD she told Lange to take whatever prints he wanted from her studio. After Woodman committed suicide in 1981, Lange put the pictures away not to be looked at for 30 years. While Woodman was recognized as one of the most important photographers of her generation — Lange kept the box closed out of affection for his friend and respect for her memory. It was not until 2017 when Lange was living in Boulder, Colorado that he showed the work to Nora Burnett Abrams, Director of Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art, who quickly made plans to mount an exhibition. Rizzoli publishers joined the project to produce a book, “Portrait of a Reputation”, which included a number of Lange’s own pictures of Francesca and helped paint a more nuanced and joyful picture of Woodman than the doomed artist she had generally been portrayed as. The exhibition and book went on to draw great acclaim. A note about the prints and photographs: In a career that essentially spanned a scant five years, Woodman’s RISD work is the bedrock of her oeuvre. It was during this time that Woodman developed all her ideas and themes – self-portraiture, performance, freedom to picture her own body, and an unshakeable belief in the importance of art and being an artist. If the images are not all perfectly placed on the photographic paper or if the edges of the paper are fogged on some prints that is because the prints are so close to the act of creation they emit what I feel can only be described as a “pre-vintage” quality. In conjunction with a selection of Lange’s own photographs of Francesca at RISD we hope this show not only presents a fresh and vibrant look at Woodman’s work but is also a portrait of a friendship.

Lora Webb Nichols

Encampment, Wyoming



November 19, 2022 - February 4, 2023
Gallery I November 19, 2022 – February 4, 2023 Danziger Gallery is pleased to continue our exclusive representation of the archive of Lora Webb Nichols with the first show of her work in Los Angeles. The recent discovery of Nichols’ turn of the century frontier work has been met with the acclaim of such other out of the mainstream photographers as Mike Disfarmer, Seydou Keïta, and Vivian Maier. Nichols was born in 1883 and grew up in the small mining town of Encampment, Wyoming. At the age of 16 Lora received her first camera and from that moment and for the next few decades she produced work that is both stunning in its singular voice and revealing in the world it opens up for us. At first Nichols photographed her family, friends, and the landscape around Encampment, but when the town experienced a copper mining boom Nichols expanded her scope to become a photographer for hire shooting portraits and industrial photographs. When the boom collapsed, Nichols took the risk of opening her own business in Encampment - The Rocky Mountain Studio - which opened in 1925. The studio ran for ten years, accumulating 24,000 negatives that illustrate the lives and environment of the people living in and around the town while creating a distinctive and surprising body of work. If one was to attempt an analogy – Nichols’ pictures fit somewhere between Lartigue and Lange - joyful and generous while objectively intimate. In particular what seems to distinguish Nichols’ work is the way she sees the world from a female perspective. As Vince Aletti noted in one of his “This is Not a Fashion Photograph” essays “Nichols didn’t just take a picture, she really saw people, especially women, and especially other adventurous, unconventional women and girls.” The work might have been overlooked forever were it not for the efforts of photographer and professor Nicole Jean Hill who came across Nichols’ photographs in 2013 at the Grand Encampment Museum while on an artist in residence program nearby. Although there were only a few pictures on display, when Hill learned of the depth of the archive she spent the next 7 years exploring the work. Ultimately this led to the 2021 publication of the book “Encampment, Wyoming: Selections from the Lora Webb Nichols Archive. 1899 – 1948” edited by Hill and published by the Dutch publishers FW Books. Since the release of the book Nichols’ work has been effusively praised by Alec Soth, Sally Mann, and Vince Aletti among many others, and written about in publications worldwide from Italian VOGUE to The New Yorker.

 
Past Exhibition

Michael Light, Corinne Vionnet, Matthew Porter, Susan Derges, Hendrik Kerstens, Karen Knorr, Christopher Anderson, Alice Mann, Antonio Lopez, Julian Wasser, Jim Krantz, Risaku Suzuki, Ian Ruhter, Daniel Gordon, Brett Weston, Glen Luchford

Spring Group Exhibition



May 3, 2022 - June 24, 2022
Spring Group Exhibition featuring a mix of 20th and 21st century photography from our represented artists and private collection. On view from May 3rd to June 24th.