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Cindy Sherman


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Cindy Sherman

  1. 1. Cindy Sherman Photographer Born: 1954 Watch:
  2. 2. Biography <ul><li>Cindy Sherman was born in 1954, in New Jersey, New York. </li></ul><ul><li>Born with parents who, unlike her, were not overly artistic, Sherman said: &quot;It wasn't until college that I had any concept of what was going on in the art world”. (, 2004) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Biography <ul><li>Sherman began studying at State University College Buffalo, where she set out to study painting. </li></ul><ul><li>Failing to find the critical connection, needed in painting, Sherman then turned to photography. After meeting fellow artist Robert Longo, Sherman formed Hallwalls, an independent artisits’ exhibition space. (, 2004) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Biography <ul><li>After graduating in 1976, Sherman moved to New York to embark upon her career in art. </li></ul><ul><li>In her loft in Manhattan, Cindy began taking photos of herself, which were later known as Untitled Film Stills (, 2004) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Biography <ul><li>In these Untitled Film Stills, Sherman places herself in the roles of B-movie actresses. </li></ul><ul><li>Her photographs demonstrate her dressed up in wigs, hats and dresses unlike her own, playing the roles of characters. Sherman played a ‘type’ of woman… </li></ul><ul><li>Write a brief summary of how Sherman has depicted each ‘type’ of woman as shown on the following slides. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Housewife
  7. 7. The Prostitute
  8. 8. The Woman in Distress
  9. 9. The Actress
  10. 10. Disasters and Fairytales <ul><li>From 1985-1989, Sherman was not the sole focus of her artwork. </li></ul><ul><li>These images are more grotesque than her former works, and often used un-identifiable settings, as well as oddly coloured lighting shades of blue, green and red. </li></ul><ul><li>These images were designed to shock. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Sex Pictures <ul><li>In 1992, Sherman embarked on a series of photographs known as ‘sex pictures’, where she was entirely absent from the photos. </li></ul><ul><li>Dolls and prosthetic body parts were used, in highly sexual poses. </li></ul><ul><li>How does the following artwork make you feel?? Can you see the shock value Sherman has set out to accomplish? How? Why? </li></ul>
  12. 14. Motion Pictures <ul><li>1997 saw Sherman’s directorial debut, when Office Killer was released in theatres. </li></ul><ul><li>A lover of horror films, Sherman drew on the characteristics of this genre as well as the visual motifs established as a still photographer. </li></ul>
  13. 15. Story of Success <ul><li>Due to Sherman being so successful so young, her work has had considerable maturation over the past decade. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1999, the average price for one of her artworks was $2000-$50000. </li></ul><ul><li>Sherman’s popularity continues to grow around the world, with exhibits in countries such as Germany, Japan and France. </li></ul>
  14. 16. Metro Pictures <ul><li>Sherman has recently gone back to using herself as a model. At a recent show at her New York Gallery, Metro Pictures, Sherman displayed a series of portrait like images of herself in the guise of women of California. Again simply ‘types’, e.g. - the divorcee. </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you think Sherman uses herself as a model. </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you think she portrays ‘types’ of women? </li></ul>
  15. 17. The Divorcee
  16. 19. Reflection <ul><li>Do you prefer Sherman’s ‘types’ of women - pre 1989, sex pictures, metro pictures or ‘types’ of women - post 1992? Why? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you feel when you see such confronting images? </li></ul><ul><li>“ If I knew what the picture was going to be like I wouldn’t make it. It was almost like it was made already.. the challenge is more about trying to make what you can’t think of”. (, date unknown). </li></ul><ul><li>Think about this quote the next time you are taking a photograph or creating an artwork! </li></ul>
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