cindy sherman retrospective at SFMOMA
 
cindy sherman retrospective at SFMOMA
jul 17, 2012

cindy sherman retrospective at SFMOMA

cindy sherman, untitled #465, 2008 chromogenic color print 63 3/4 x 57 1/4" (161.9 x 145.4 cm) courtesy the artist and metro pictures, new york © 2012 cindy sherman

cindy sherman san francisco museum of modern art, san francisco on now through october 8th, 2012

one of the most widely recognized and influential american photographers in the contemporary art world, cindy sherman, has a retrospective of works showing at the san francisco museum of modern art. the exhibition showcases more than 170 pieces, tracing her career from the mid 1970s to the present. the opus spans sherman’s provocative exploration of identity and nature of representation through various portraitures of herself in a range of unusual, thoughtful and amusing guises.

the concepts often draw from pop culture, such as movies, TV, magazines, the internet and, contrastingly, art history, where she assumes the roles of photographer, model, makeup artist, hairdresser and stylist to create a myriad of personas. the images cover a spectrum of eras where they can be set in black and white, featuring elements from the 1950s and 60s hollywood, film noir and european art-house films; take on characteristics of aristocrats and old master paintings; or her larger-than-life society portraits address the experience and depiction of aging in the context of contemporary obsessions with youth and status.  

cindy sherman retrospective at SFMOMA cindy sherman, untitled #466, 2008 chromogenic color print; 8′ 6" x 70" (259.1 x 177.8 cm) the museum of modern art, new york acquired through the generosity of robert b. menschel in honor of jerry i. speyer © 2012 cindy sherman

cindy sherman retrospective at SFMOMA cindy Sherman, untitled #474, 2008 chromogenic color print 7′ 6 3/4" x 60" (230.5 x 152.4 cm) the museum of modern art, new york, acquired through the generosity of an anonymous donor, michael lynne, charles heilbronn and the carol and david appel family fund © 2012 cindy sherman

cindy sherman retrospective at SFMOMA cindy sherman, untitled #512, 2011; chromogenic color print; 6′ 7 3/4" x 11′ 4 7/8" (202.6 x 347.6 cm); the museum of modern art, new york, courtesy the artist and metro pictures, new york; © 2012 cindy sherman

cindy sherman retrospective at SFMOMA cindy sherman, untitled #119, 1983 chromogenic color print 48 1/2 x 7′ 10" (115.6 x 238.8 cm) courtesy the artist and metro pictures, new york © 2012 cindy sherman

cindy sherman retrospective at SFMOMA cindy sherman, untitled #131, 1983 chromogenic color print 7′ 10 3/4" x 45 1/4" (240.7 x 114.9 cm) courtesy the artist and metro pictures, new york © 2012 cindy sherman

cindy sherman retrospective at SFMOMA cindy sherman, untitled #137, 1984 chromogenic color print 70 1/2" x 47 3/4" (179.1 x 121.3 cm) courtesy the artist and metro pictures, new york © 2012 cindy sherman

cindy sherman retrospective at SFMOMA cindy sherman, Untitled #193, 1989 chromogenic color print 48 7/8 x 41 15/16" (124.1 x 106.5 cm) courtesy the artist and metro pictures, new york © 2012 cindy sherman

cindy sherman retrospective at SFMOMA cindy sherman, untitled #216, 1989 chromogenic color print 7′ 3 1/8" x 56 1/8" (221.3 x 142.5 cm) the museum of modern art, new york gift of werner and elaine dannheisser © 2012 cindy sherman

cindy sherman retrospective at SFMOMA cindy sherman, untitled #458, 2007-08 chromogenic color print 6′ 5 3/8" x 58 1/4" (196.5 x 148 cm) courtesy the artist and metro pictures, new york © 2012 cindy sherman

  • the clarity of vision
    the willingness to look at and understand AND CHOOSE EVERYTHING which is in the picture/the frame
    it behooves other artists to learn from this acuteness of focus
    for each moment in art is a story
    and only with clarity
    the ability to see does work rise to the surface
    thank you for putting this up

    Paedra

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