Cindy Sherman

by Katherine Yaksich

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All photos by Cindy Sherman

I highly recommend visiting the Cindy Sherman exhibit on the 6th floor at the MoMA (scheduled to be up until June 11th). I was blown away by her extensive collection of work, and now understand why one of her photos sold for 3.8 million dollars last year. As of today, she has photographed the second most expensive photograph in the world (untitled 96). One of my favorite pieces in the exhibit was her 1975 stop motion, Doll Clothes, shot on 16 mm. Visit the MoMA website for more info and here for the interactive exhibit. Below is an excerpt from the MoMA website about Cindy Sherman.

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.