Friday, 24 February 2012

The Many Faces Of Cindy Sherman


Untitled #299 1994 © Cindy Sherman for Harpers Bazaar

Over the past 35 years, with the help of costumes, make-up and props, artist Cindy Sherman has created some of the most provocative, disturbing, distasteful, affecting and at times, amusing photographs, which explore the politics of self-identity, through subverting her own self-image in various guises for staged self-portraits. Widely recognised as one of the most influential artists in the world, Sherman has managed to maintain an eloquent exploration of the construction of identity drawn from sources such as TV, magazines, the internet and the archives of art history. 
From her ground-breaking series “Untitled Film Stills” (1977-80), featuring black and white pictures of the artist in stereotypical female roles inspired by film genres from European art-house to film noir; to the early 80s where Sherman moved away from photographing herself in favour of lensing dolls and prosthetics - The Museum of Modern Art has now brought together a retrospective exhibition of more than 170 photographs tracing dominant themes in Sherman's career.

Untitled #216 1989 © Cindy Sherman

From artifice and fiction to cinema and performance, horror and the grotesque - the exhibition also includes the US premiere of Sherman’s recent photographic murals (2010), as well as selected films from MoMA’s collection.
The exhibition will run from Feb 26 to June 11, and a book to accompany the exhibition is due to be released soon. For more info, head to www.moma.org and to find out more about the artist who inspired contemporary photographers such as Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and who has collaborated with designers from Commes des Garçons Rei Kawakubo to Balenciaga's Nicolas Ghesquière, head to www.cindysherman.com.

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