The Great, Cindy Sherman

CYNTHIA “CINDY” MORRIS SHERMAN

CYNTHIA “CINDY” MORRIS SHERMAN (born January 19, 1954) is an American photographer and film director, best known for her conceptual portraits. In 1995, she was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Through a number of different series of works, Sherman has sought to raise challenging and important questions about the role and representation of women in society, the media and the nature of the creation of art. Cindy Sherman is widely recognized as amongst the most important contemporary artists of the last 40 years, and arguably the most influential artist working exclusively with photography. Today her work is the unchallenged cornerstone of Post-Modern photography. Throughout her career, Sherman 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, she has generated a range of guises and personas that are by turns amusing and disturbing, distasteful and affecting. To create her photographs, she works unassisted in her studio and thus assumes multiple roles as photographer, model, art director, make-up artist, hairdresser, stylist, and wardrobe mistress. Through her vision and skillful masquerades, Sherman has created an astonishing and continually intriguing variety of characters that resonate deeply within our visual culture.By turning the camera on herself, Cindy Sherman has built a name as one of the most respected photographers of the late twentieth century. Although, the majority of her photographs are pictures of her, however, these photographs are most definitely not self-portraits. Rather, Sherman uses herself as a vehicle for commentary on a variety of issues of the modern world: the role of the woman, the role of the artist and many more. It is through these ambiguous and eclectic photographs that Sherman has developed a distinct signature style. Through a number of different series of works, Sherman has raised challenging and important questions about the role and representation of women in society, the media and the nature of the creation of art.

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MoMA | Museum of Modern Art

MoMA | Cindy Sherman

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Wikipedia | Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman link : cindysherman.com

                     

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