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
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.
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.
“Untitled #474” (2008), one of Ms. Sherman’s photographic society portraits.
Her 1981 image as a teenager sold for $3.9 million at auction last year.
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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
February 26–June 11, 2012
The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor
Credit: Cindy Sherman/Metro Pictures