Cindy Sherman 1954 —

Biography

Cindy Sherman (American, born 1954)

 

Cindy Sherman (b. 1954)  began her now famous series Untitled Film Stills over twenty years ago at the end of 1977. Those small black-and-white photographs of Sherman impersonating various female character types from old B movies and film noir spoke to a generation of baby boomer women who had grown up absorbing those glamorous images at home on their televisions, taking such portrayals as cues for their future. With each subsequent series of photographs, Sherman has imitated and confronted assorted representational tropes, exploring the myriad ways in which women and the body are depicted by effective contemporary image-makers, including the mass media and historical sources such as fairy tales, portraiture, and surrealist photography.

Born in New Jersey and raised in suburban Long Island, Sherman attended the State University College at Buffalo, New York, where she initially studied painting.   Her paintings at the time were self-portraits and realistic copies of images she found in magazines and photographs.  She failed the requisite introductory photography course because of her difficulties with the technological aspects of making a print, and she credits her next photography teacher with introducing her to conceptual art, which had a liberating effect on her

Upon graduation in 1977, Sherman. She continued her role-playing in different guises and began photographing the results in their apartment, as in Untitled Film Still #10; in outdoor locations in New York City, as in Untitled Film Still #21; in Long Island in Untitled Film Still #9; and in the Southwest in Untitled Film Still #43. Sherman took most of the photographs, but some were shot by friends and family. The complete series was first exhibited at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC in 1995.

Sherman's works are found in collections at the International Center of Photography, New York; MOMA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and many other museums world
wide.

 

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Untitled

Untitled
2003
Digital C print

36 x 30 inches
Edition of 40

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