Cindy Sherman has a reputation for being one of today’s influential fine art photographers. Through the years, she has provided audiences with expressive and provocative explorations of contemporary identities. She has been making self-portraits for over 30 years. Sherman recreates scenes from movies, magazines, and history and has captured herself in an astonishing range of characters, eliciting many types of emotions. Her work can be offensive or amusing. She acts as her own director, being a photographer, model, makeup artist, hairdresser, and stylist.
Sherman’s newly completed clown series features an emotional range of heavily made-up clowns against digitally produced backgrounds. Behind the neon rainbow of colors and hidden humor/horror of the portraits, Sherman reveals the psychology of the person inside the clown.
Cindy Sherman is being exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, through June 11. The following information was taken from MOMA’s website:
Bringing together more than 170 photographs, this retrospective survey traces the artist’s career from the mid 1970s to the present. Highlighted in the exhibition are in-depth presentations of her key series, including the groundbreaking series “Untitled Film Stills” (1977–80), the black-and-white pictures that feature the artist in stereotypical female roles inspired by 1950s and 1960s Hollywood, film noir, and European art-house films; her ornate history portraits (1989–90), in which the artist poses as aristocrats, clergymen, and milkmaids in the manner of old master paintings; and her larger-than-life society portraits (2008) that address the experience and representation of aging in the context of contemporary obsessions with youth and status. The exhibition will explore dominant themes throughout Sherman’s career, including artifice and fiction; cinema and performance; horror and the grotesque; myth, carnival, and fairy tale; and gender and class identity. Also included are Sherman’s recent photographic murals (2010), which will have their American premiere at MoMA.
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