Cindy Sherman

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The Museum of Modern Art, 2012 - Photography - 264 pages
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Published to accompany the first major survey of Cindy Sherman's work in the United States in nearly 15 years, this publication presents a stunning range of work from the groundbreaking artist's 35-year career. Showcasing approximately 180 photographs from the mid-1970s to the present, including new works made for the exhibition and never before published, the volume is a vivid exploration of Sherman's sustained investigation into the construction of contemporary identity and the nature of representation. The book highlights major bodies of work including her seminal "Untitled Film Stills" (1977-80); centerfolds (1981); history portraits (1989-90); head shots (2000-2002); and two recent series on the experience and representation of aging in the context of contemporary obsessions with youth and status. An essay by curator Eva Respini provides an overview of Sherman's career, weaving together art historical analysis and discussions of the artist's working methods, and a contribution by art historian Johanna Burton offers a critical re-examination of Sherman's work in light of her recent series. A conversation between Cindy Sherman and filmmaker John Waters provides an enlightening view into the creative process.
Cindy Sherman (born 1954) is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential artists in contemporary art. To create her photographs, she assumes multiple roles of photographer, model, makeup artist, hairdresser and stylist. With an arsenal of wigs, costumes, makeup, prosthetics and props, the artist has altered her physique and surroundings to create myriad tableaux, from screen siren to clown to aging socialite. Over the past 35 years, Sherman has sustained a provocative investigation into the nature of identity, drawn from movies, television, magazines, the Internet and art history. Sherman lives and works in New York City.
  

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Review: Cindy Sherman

User Review  - Lisa Vegan - Goodreads

This is the type of book I most enjoy after I've seen an exhibition and I read this cold, without really knowing anything about the artist. There are a couple excellent, essays and a short interview ... Read full review

Review: Cindy Sherman: Retrospective

User Review  - Rachel Jones - Goodreads

Cindy Sherman is a national treasure. Read full review

Contents

Foreword
7
Lenders to the Exhibition
8
Acknowledgments
9
Will the Real Cindy Sherman Please Stand Up? Eva Respini
12
Abstraction and Empathy
54
Johanna Burton
66
A Conversation
68
Plates 240 List of Plates
240
Selected Exhibition History Compiled by Lucy Gallun
246
Selected Bibliography Compiled by Lucy Gallun
252
Index
260
Trustees of The Museum of Modern
264
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Cindy Sherman was born in 1954. She began her "Film Stills" series at the age of 23, gaining early recognition, and has followed it with remarkable experiments in color photography. Her art has won her wide recognition and praise, and been collected and exhibited by major museums throughout the world since 1980--key early shows included a first survey at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, in 1982 and a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1987. Sherman is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for Visual Arts.

Johanna Burton is on the faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and is a doctoral candidate in Princeton University's Department of Art and Archaeology.

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