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Cindy Sherman

Untitled [Cigarettes and cards]

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  • 1988
    Chromogenic print
    Signed and dated, in ink, au verso
    Printed in 1994

  • Cindy Sherman (b. 1954) is an American artist best known for her conceptual photography, including her signature Untitled Film Stills. She works in series, typically photographing herself in a range of costumes and personas. To create her photographs, Sherman shoots alone in her studio, assuming multiple roles as author, director, make-up artist, hairstylist, wardrobe mistress, and model.

    Sherman is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship Genius Grant. Her works are in many prominent private and institutional art collections.

    –Adapted from Wikipedia.

  • This image was made while Sherman was creating her body of work, Disaster(1986 – 1989). With this series, Sherman moved beyond the performative imagery that made her famous, as in Untitled Film Stills (1977 – 1980), and pushed her image making towards the grotesque. Here, Sherman sets fragmented body parts in chaotic scenes, which are visually disorientating and disturbing.

    Over the years Cindy Sherman has released a handful of images to select charities in support of their fundraising efforts. This photograph was made specifically to help the famed San Francisco organization, The Friends of Photography, a nonprofit organization started by Ansel Adams, and others, in 1967 to promote photography as a fine art.