Third Drawer Down artist Cindy Sherman is her own subject matter. Considered as one of the most celebrated female artists of the 20th and 21st century she has for more than thirty years, used make-up, prosthetics and props to present herself in the guise of numerous different characters or beings, placed in contexts that draw on the visual conventions of film and television. Such settings and characters invite the viewer to consider how female stereotypes have been perpetuated not only by the media but also by the art world itself. An introduction, this book includes some of Sherman’s most important works, from her seminal 1970s series Untitled Film Stills, referencing film noir to her progression into colour photography with the 1980s series Centerfolds. It also follows her decision to remove herself from the picture by allowing her props and prosthetics alone as a tool to represent the subjects that she wished to critique, such as pornography and war photography. In the last decade Sherman has completely reintroduced herself into her work, for example in her History Portraits where she playfully appropriates the subjects of the Old Masters, as well as introducing us to a whole new cast of characters in her Clowns and Headshots (or Hollywood/Hampton Types). It also presents her most recent pieces – large-scale murals and photographs, in which more ambiguous identities are played out within landscapes. Hardback, 144 pages.
-24.5 x 17 cm
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