Cindy Sherman by Cindy ShermanSince her earliest photographs in the 1970s, Cindy Sherman has built a name as one of the most respected photographers of our day. Famous for posing as the subject of her own photos, Shermans work addresses the role of the artist, the impact of the media upon the art world and the position of women in society. Organized in a roughly chronological path by theme, Cindy Sherman provides a comprehensive review of the artists complete works, including her Bus Riders, Murder Mystery, and Untitled Film Stills series, and photographs on topics ranging from surrealist pictures, fairy tales, rear screen projections, the Old Masters, centerfolds, pink robes, clowns, dolls, and Hollywood. Fascinating archival material includes a notebook of personal snapshots that Sherman kept from an early age, on which she would circle herself and label each one: Thats Me. This monograph is the catalogue for an international exhibition that will be held in Paris, Denmark, Austria, and Berlin from 2006 through 2007.
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For four decades, Cindy Sherman has probed the construction of identity, playing with the visual and cultural codes of art, celebrity, gender, and photography. She is among the most significant artists of the Pictures Generation—a group that also includes Richard Prince , Louise Lawler , Sherrie Levine , and Robert Longo —who came of age in the s and responded to the mass media landscape surrounding them with both humor and criticism, appropriating images from advertising, film, television, and magazines for their art. Sherman was always interested in experimenting with different identities. Started when she was only 23, these images rely on female characters and caricatures such as the jaded seductress , the unhappy housewife , the jilted lover , and the vulnerable naif. Sherman used cinematic conventions to structure these photographs: they recall the film stills used to promote movies, from which the series takes its title.
After an over 40 -plus—year career, American photographer Cindy Sherman is one of the most recognized artists in the contemporary art world. Her conceptual portraits are often elaborate productions where she is herself the model and director, as well as the hair, makeup and wardrobe stylist—with exaggerated application being her trademark. This practice allows Sherman to masquerade herself as various characters, including housewives, actresses, historical fig ures, clowns, wealthy socialites, or a doctor and nurse—breaking down stereotypes of societal depictions of women and men. Sometimes, I disappear. By Kelly Koester. In the photograph Untitled , Sherman posed as all four models. The image was printed onto metal through a special dye-sublimation process that eliminates the need for a protective glass covering.
Interview 26 March Cindy Sherman takes pictures of herself that make us feel unsettled. Sherman grew up in Long Island, New York. She was much younger than her four siblings and often felt left out. This led to her habit of dressing up as someone else:. With curly hair?
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The subject and object of her own artwork, renowned American artist Cindy Sherman first gained recognition on the New York art scene with the series Untitled Film Stills, These small, black-and-white photographs comprise Sherman depicting herself in a variety of guises; a cast of characters who reflexively inhabit the lives of the lonely housewife, tourist, sex kitten, city girl, dancer, actress, vamp or forlorn lover. Presented as if used to promote non-existent film-noir movies, Sherman stage-manages and directs her own theatre of images to examine a lexicon of female stereotypes. They possess a charge and confrontational mood akin to a Vito Acconci performance piece — vertiginous and disorienting. Now the entire 70 images from the series go on display for the first time in the UK as part of a major retrospective curated by Paul Moorhouse at the National Portrait Gallery in London from 27 June to 15 September. Her other early works can also be seen, namely all five pieces from the Cover Girl series, created in during her student years, offering insight and expansion into Sherman as a precocious talent from the outset of her career. Sherman famously works alone on the actual shoot but with the impression that somebody is there beyond the frame or mirror , taking full control of her use of wigs, make-up, costumes, props and even prosthetics.
The below artworks are the most important by Cindy Sherman - that both overview the major creative periods, and highlight the greatest achievements by the artist. In this example, Sherman employs her own image as to suggest the central character in a s "coming of age" romance, the young female intellectual on the verge of discovering her "true womanhood," or the prototypical virgin. Maturing in the s in the midst of the American Womens' Movement, later known as the rise of Feminism, Sherman and her generation learned to see through mass media cliches and appropriate them in a satirical and ironic manner that made viewers self conscious about how artificial and highly constructed "female portraiture" could prove on close inspection. Some critics criticize Sherman's Film Stills for catering to the male gaze and perpetuating the objectification of women. Others, understand Sherman's approach as critically-ironic parody of female stereotypes.