Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954) is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential artists in contemporary art. Throughout her career, she has presented a sustained, eloquent, and provocative exploration of the construction of contemporary identity and the nature of representation, drawn from the unlimited supply of images from movies, TV, magazines, the Internet, and art history. Working as her own model for more than 30 years, Sherman has captured herself in a range of guises and personas which are at turns amusing and disturbing, distasteful and affecting

 Cindy Sherman “Untitled #470” (2008) in a gallery of Ms. Sherman’s society and clown portraits in the Museum of Modern Art’s career survey.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Sherman has selected films from MoMA’s collection, which will be screened in MoMA’s theaters during the course of the exhibition. A major publication will accompany the exhibition.

 Ms. Sherman in a untitled “society portrait” from 2008 that is in the new show, which spans her 35-year career.

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.

 Ms. Sherman in a fashion commission (2007-8).

 A 1989 photograph that refers to an Old Master painting.

 Her other dark characters include menacing clowns, from 2004.


“Untitled #474” (2008), one of Ms. Sherman’s photographic society portraits.

 The show at MoMA will include images new to American audiences in which Ms. Sherman has digitally altered her face. One, from 2011, was superimposed on a landscape that Ms. Sherman shot in Iceland.

 A section of the untitled 2010 Cindy Sherman mural installed outside the Museum of Modern Art exhibition entrance.

 A portrait from 2007-8, based on the idea of fashionistas vying to have their photo taken.

Her 1981 image as a teenager sold for $3.9 million at auction last year.

 The photographer Cindy Sherman, posing as herself, is the subject of a new retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.

Check the videos:

Cindy Sherman: Fashion | “Exclusive” | Art21

Commissioned by French Vogue to create a fashion editorial featuring clothes from the Spanish design house Balenciaga, artist Cindy Sherman discusses the first time she used a digital camera to make pictures, ultimately creating different versions of images for the magazine and for herself.

Cindy Sherman at MoMA | “My Favorite Cindy Sherman”

Produced in conjunction with the exhibition Cindy Sherman
On view at MoMA


Cindy Sherman

February 26–June 11, 2012

The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor


Credit: Cindy Sherman/Metro Pictures