This Spring, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, is presenting a retrospective of one of the most important and well known artists working today. This doyenne of contemporary art is the American Cindy Sherman (b. 1954) whose large format color photographs have pushed the boundaries of self portraiture as an expression of our society and cultural identity.
What is unique about Cindy Sherman's work is that she is solo operator. Rather than working with models and assistants, Ms Sherman shoots alone in her studio and assumes the multiple roles of director, stylist, make-up artist, hairdresser, model and photographer. She portrays her vision herself using her wardrobe and cosmetologist skills and a full arsenal of wigs, costumes, prosthetics and props, and her expert photographer's eye to compose and create the shot. Appearing as a vamp, a housewife, an aging socialite, a clown or a career woman, Ms. Sherman captures the essence of how we as a society perceive these roles. The results are hugely insightful social and cultural commentaries on subjects ranging from artifice, status, class and gender identity.