This book, which accompanied a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, considers Cindy Sherman’s oeuvre through the lens of portraiture. Featuring key examples of her work – from her earliest photographs through to her most recent – it explores the mercurial relationship between appearance and reality.
Cindy Sherman is among the most influential artists of her generation. Using herself as model, wearing a range of costumes and portraying herself in invented situations, she interrogates the imagery employed by the mass media, popular culture and fine art. Television, advertising, magazines, fashion and Old Master paintings all form part of her visual language. Whether using make-up, costumes, props and prosthetics to manipulate her own appearance, or devising elaborate tableaux, her entire body of 40 years’ work constitutes a highly distinctive response to contemporary and earlier culture, whose stylistic tropes she appropriates and quotes.
Includes contributions from: Nicholas Cullinan (Director’s Foreword); Erika Balsom (In the Company of Images: Untitled Film Stills); Magda Keaney (Cindy Sherman’s Fashion Pictures) and Rochelle Steiner (The Digital Divide).
Specifications: National Portrait Gallery ・ 2019 ・ Hardcover ・ 24 x 31,5 cm. / 256 pages ・ English ・ 9781855147126