Untitled Film Still #5

About Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman established her reputation—and a novel brand of uncanny self-portraiture—with her “Untitled Film Stills” (1977-80), a series of 69 photographs of the artist herself enacting female clichés of 20th-century pop culture. Though her work continually re-examines women’s roles in history and contemporary society, Sherman resists the notion that her photographs have an explicit narrative or message, leaving them untitled and largely open to interpretation. “I didn’t think of what I was doing as political,” she once said. “To me it was a way to make the best out of what I liked to do privately, which was to dress up.” Always in meticulous costumes, wigs, and makeup, Sherman has produced series in which she dresses as women from history paintings, fashion, and pornography. In the late 1980s and into the ’90s, she expanded her focus to more grotesque imagery, like the mutilated mannequins of her “Sex Pictures” (1992).

American, b. 1954, Glen Ridge, New Jersey, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Photography Reinvented: The Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Washington
2016
Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life, The Broad, Los Angeles
2014
Days Inn, Curated by Justine Kurland, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
2012
Cindy Sherman, Gagosian Gallery, Paris

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life, The Broad, Los Angeles
2012
Cindy Sherman, Gagosian Gallery, Paris

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Pop Masterworks on Paper, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd., New York
2016
Photography Reinvented: The Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Washington
2016
Miniature, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd., New York
2016
Witness, MCA Chicago, Chicago
2016
FADE IN: INT. ART GALLERY – DAY, Swiss Institute, New York
2016
Illumination - New Contemporary Art at Louisiana, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek
2015
2015
The Inaugural Installation, The Broad, Los Angeles
2015
Von Bildern. Strategien der Aneignung, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel
2015
America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2014
Days Inn, Curated by Justine Kurland, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
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