Three Things You Should Know About Cindy Sherman

Artsy Editorial
Oct 16, 2013 4:34PM
Untitled (#69), 1981
Stellan Holm Gallery
Untitled, 2010-2012
Gagosian Gallery

1. Cindy Sherman emerged with her novel practice of self-portrait photography with her “Untitled Film Stills” (1977-80), 69 photographs of the artist fulfilling female clichés of 20th-century pop culture. She has examined women’s roles in history and contemporary society ever since, often impersonating women from history paintings, fashion, and pornography.

2. She claims her works have no explicit narrative or message, and says, “I didn’t think of what I was doing as political, to me it was a way to make the best out of what I liked to do privately, which was to dress up.” Her fascination with dressing up and taking photos began as a child.

3. She received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1983 and a MacArthur “Genius Grant” in 1995. Her works can be found in 101 museums and public collections around the world.

Find Sherman’s work in the TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art auction, 2013.

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