Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cindy Sherman retrospective

Cindy Sherman (USA, 1954) has been one of the most important and influential artists in contemporary art. Her work relies on the construction of identities and the nature of representation, strongly inspired by movies, TV, magazines, the Internet, and art history. The major carachteristic of her work is that she develops these identitary images with her own figure, giving us a whole range of emotions through it, allowing the construction of an analisys of the woman's role in society, as well, although she does not consider her work as feminist.
"To create her photographs, she assumes multiple roles of photographer, model, makeup artist, hairdresser, stylist, and wardrobe mistress. With an arsenal of wigs, costumes, makeup, prosthetics, and props, Sherman has deftly altered her physique and surroundings to create a myriad of intriguing tableaus and characters, from screen siren to clown to aging socialite." (moma.org)
Right now you can see a great retrospective of her at the MoMA in NY, if you are there. If not, you can check it's wonderful website here.
If you're in Portugal you can see some of her works including the Untitled Film Stills, 1977–1980, with which Cindy Sherman achieved international recognition, in both the Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon and the Ellipse Foundation in Cascais.
If you are a portuguese reader and seek more information you should read this interview by Carlos Vidal.

We leave you some images in chronological order.

Untitled Film Stills, 1977–1980:

Untitled #85, 1981:

Untitled #89, 1981:

Untitled #132, 1984:

Untitled #183,1988:

Untitled #199, 1989:

Untitled #211,1989:

Untitled #228,1990:

Untitled #355, 2000:

Untitled #397, 2000:

Untitled #458, 2007:

Untitled, 2010:

Untitled #512, 2011:

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