Betty Woodman

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Elizabeth Woodman (née Abrahams; May 14, 1930 – January 2, 2018) was an American ceramic artist.[1][2] She began her career in the 1950s as a production potter.

She married the artist, George Woodman, in 1953. Together, they had two children: the electronic artist, Charles Woodman, and the photographer, Francesca Woodman. The story of these four artists was told in C. Scott Willis's documentary, The Woodmans (2010).

Woodman was represented by Salon 94 gallery Galerie Francesca Pia and David Kordansky Gallery. She died in January 2018 of natural causes, less than a year after her husband's death (the previous March).

Awards and honors

Woodman's awards and honors include:[3]


Woodman has exhibited at museums and galleries in the US and internationally, including:


Woodman's work is included in public collections, including:

Other contributions

In the 1991 documentary Thinking Out Loud, Woodman is interviewed by curator and painter John Perreault. In 2006 the monograph, Betty Woodman,[15] was produced in conjunction with her retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and it includes curatorial essays by Janet Koplos, Barry Schwabsky, and Arthur Danto.


  1. ^ "Betty Woodman, Visionary Sculptor of Ceramic Vessels, Has Died at 87 - artnet News". 3 January 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Betty Woodman biography presented by". Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  3. ^, Familiar,. "Betty Woodman - Salon 94". Salon94. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  4. ^ "Masters: Betty Woodman | American Craft Council". Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  5. ^ "The Art of Betty Woodman | The Metropolitan Museum of Art". Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  6. ^ "David Kordansky Gallery". Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  7. ^ "Betty Woodman: Theatre of the Domestic | Institute of Contemporary Arts". Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  8. ^ "Pillow Pitcher". Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  9. ^ "Betty Woodman | Deco Lake Shore | The Met". The Metropolitan Museum of Art, i.e. The Met Museum. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  10. ^ "Betty Woodman | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  11. ^ "Whitney Museum of American Art: Betty Woodman". Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  12. ^ "Artist Info". Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  13. ^ Art, Philadelphia Museum of. "Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Diptych Vases, Orpheus". Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  14. ^ "Pillow Vase | Woodman, Betty | V&A Search the Collections". Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  15. ^ Woodman, Betty (2006-01-01). Betty Woodman. Monacelli Press. ISBN 9781580931687. 

External links

  • Betty Woodman at 15th Street Gallery
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