Artistic Inspiration: Betty Woodman

Things emerge in my studio from a seen image or experience that gets recalled in whatever work I am doing. The work becomes a conduit of the memory of a painting, a landscape, architecture, or some other visual stimulus. Once it starts to manifest itself in my art, the topic and subject then gets further researched in books, visits to museums, or by another trip.

-Betty Woodman

(Source: Frank Lloyd Wright Gallery artist biographies: excerpt from Two Bronze Benches and Four “Ceramic Pictures” of Korean Paintings, November 23, 2002 – April 13, 2003, interview with curator Patterson Sims

Cup and saucer

Betty Woodman (Designer: Viola Frye), Cup & Saucer, ca. 1986. Porcelain, cup: H. 3-½, Diam. 4-½ inches (8.9 x 11.4 cm), saucer: H. 2, Diam. 6-½ inches (5.1 x 16.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000.427a.b. 

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Betty Woodman, Pillow Pitcher, 1983. Glazed earthenware, 19 x 16 x 23 in. (48.3 x 40.7 x 58.4 cm.). Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jocelyn and Charles Woodman, 1992.42. (Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B).

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Betty Woodman, Kimono Vases: Evening, 1990. Glazed earthenware, part A: 31 x 22 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (78.7 x 57.1 x 21.6 cm) part B: 31 x 23 5/8 x 8 1/2 in. (78.7 x 60.0 x 21.6 cm). Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase made possible by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, 1992.118A-B.

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Betty Woodman, Installation View, “Windows, Carpets and Other Paintings”, Salon 94 Freemans, 2013.

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Betty Woodman, Color Sample Vase, 2009. Glazed earthenware, 35 × 28 × 6 inches (89 × 71 × 15 cm). Salon 94 Freemans, New York.

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Betty Woodman (American, b. 1930), Still Life Vase #10, 1990. Glazed earthenware. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Laurence Shopmaker in memory of Scott Brown, 1992.109.

Betty Woodman, Diptych: the Balcony, painted earthenware

Betty Woodman, Diptych: the Balcony, painted earthenware, 2008.

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Betty Woodman, Floral Vase and Shadow, 1983 (work by part of her solo retrospective at the Met).

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Betty Woodman, The Ming Sisters, 2003. Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer and paint, 32 x 81 x 8 in. (81.3 x 205.7 x 20.3 cm).

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