Cindy Sherman - Biography
Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954) is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential artists in contemporary art. Throughout her career, she 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, Sherman has captured herself in a range of guises and personas which are at turns amusing and disturbing, distasteful and affecting. To create her photographs, she assumes multiple roles of photographer, model, makeup artist, hairdresser, stylist, and wardrobe mistress. With an arsenal of wigs, costumes, makeup, prosthetics, and props, Sherman has deftly altered her physique and surroundings to create a myriad of intriguing tableaus and characters, from screen siren to clown to aging socialite.
Cindy Sherman has captured herself in a range of guises and personas
Art by Cindy Sherman
Sherman's key series include the groundbreaking series "Untitled Film Stills" (1977–80), the black-and-white pictures that feature the artist in stereotypical female roles inspired by 1950s and 1960s Hollywood, film noir, and European art-house films; her ornate history portraits (1989–90), in which the artist poses as aristocrats, clergymen, and milkmaids in the manner of old master paintings; and her larger-than-life society portraits (2008) that address the experience and representation of aging in the context of contemporary obsessions with youth and status.
Dominant themes explored by Sherman include artifice and fiction; cinema and performance; horror and the grotesque; myth, carnival, and fairy tale; and gender and class identity.
Cindy Sherman was born as Cynthia Morris, and grew up in Huntington, New York. Already as a child, she liked to take photographs. In 1972, she became a student at the State University of New York in Buffalo, where she studied painting and sculpture, but switched to photography soon. Together with her friends Charles Clough and Robert Longo, she started an independent gallery „Hallwalls“, which still exists today. Sherman exhitibted in this gallery in 1979 for the first time. She graduated from university in 1976, and moved to New York, where she lives and works until today.
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