The SACI community is deeply saddened by the loss of esteemed artist and SACI Artists & Designers Council member Betty Woodman, who passed away January 2nd in Italy.
Known for her spirited and blazingly colorful ceramic sculptures, Betty Woodman was the first living female artist to have a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2006. For the past six decades, she created ceramics that draw on and combine various art-historical styles, often with a feminist slant.
Woodman’s work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She was also included in numerous international exhibitions, including the Liverpool Biennial (2016); “Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970–1990” at the Victoria & Albert Museum (2011); and “Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950—2000” at LACMA.
She was enamored of Italy, which she first visited in 1951, and where she and her husband later visited annually. Her work was recently exhibition at Galleria Lorcan O'Neil in Rome, and is currently on view at the MADRE Museum in Naples in the exhibition Pompei@Madre, as part of a group of featured artists showing works related to Pompei.
Though widely celebrated in her own right, she was also famous for being the matriarch of a family of famous artists, along with her late husband George Woodman, their late daughter Francesca Woodman, and son Charles Woodman. The family was the subject of the 2010 documentary The Woodmans.
She was a longtime supporter and friend of SACI, and will be dearly missed.