‘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.’
Starting Feb 26th – June 11th there will be a retrospective of her work at MOMA so I thought I’d bring together some of her images here even though I feel torn about her work. I think while brimming with commentary and content I find her images visually unappealing, maybe that’s the point. What do you all think of Shermans work? Like it? Hate it? Care less about it?
I’m a little confused by all the designer/chain store collaborations, but for now I’m enjoying it. Here are two that I think are pretty stellar:
Christian Siriano for Payless (particularly adoring the T-Straps) in stores September 2012:
And Mary Katrantzou for Topshop, thinking the bubble skirt looked better on her other designs, this one isn’t doing it for me but the dress in the third image is brilleous (brilliant and gorgeous of course):
LOVE magazine gets a little crazy with this editorial, which definitely is competing with the crutches editorial for the winner of the ‘Fashion takes itself to seriously’ award. I love it in all it’s irony.