Betty Woodman

Fountain, 2016
Digital pigment print on Canson Edition Etching Rag paper
39 x 74cm
Edition of 50
Signed and numbered by the artist

Betty Woodman’s work refers to classical imagery and architectural decoration, combining sources that include Greek and Etruscan sculpture, Minoan and Egyptian art, Italian Baroque architecture and the paintings of Bonnard, Picasso and Matisse. Her Limited Edition for Liverpool Biennial refers to her large-scale commission in the public realm next to George’s Dock Ventilation Tower, Liverpool Fountain.

Betty Woodman (b. 1930, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA, d. 2018) is known for her exuberantly painted ceramic vessels, which hover between sculpture and painting. While referencing ceramics from many cultures and historical periods, her work was not bound by tradition, but rather used it to explore relationships between structure, surface, and colour. Woodman’s work is part of more than 50 public collections and has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at museums and galleries internationally.

Woodman’s commission for Liverpool Biennial 2016 is a large-scale public artwork, a bronze fountain. Woodman’s vessels, floor sculptures, montages and wall murals also appeared as part of the Ancient Greece episode at Tate Liverpool and in the Children’s Episode at Cains Brewery.

Solo exhibitions have been at venues such as ICA, London, UK (2016); David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2015); Salon 94 at Frieze Masters, London, UK (2015); Museum Marino Marini, Florence, Italy (2015); and a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA (2006).

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