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Cindy Sherman: Retrospective

Amanda Cruz, Elizabeth A. T. Smith

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A collection of photography steeped in feminism and postmodernism from one of the leading American artists of our time


Cindy Sherman is one of the leading American artists of our time, creating staged and manipulated photographs that draw upon popular culture and art history to explore female identity. By visually examining the ways in which gender is dressed, made up and culturally enforced, Sherman has for many become an icon of feminism and postmodernism. Provocative and engaging, the visceral physicality of her photographs is the key to their dramatic power.

In this retrospective, essayists Amada Cruz, Elizabeth A.T. Smith and Amelia Jones offer key insights from several distinct vantage points, positioning Sherman's work within the trajectory of feminist art history as well as revealing her influence on the art of the last twenty years. More than 270 images show the breadth of Sherman’s body of work, from the Untitled Film Stills of the 1970s to series such as Centrefolds, Fashion, Disasters, Fairy Tales and History Portraits, as well as photographs influenced by surreal artists.

Also included are intriguing excerpts from Sherman’s notebooks, selections from her contact sheets and numerous Polaroid studies, all of which shed light on the artist's process.

Cindy Sherman: Retrospective is an essential reference and guide to the work and ideas of this extraordinary artist.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 30.5 x 23.1 cm

Extent: 232 pp

Illustrations: 279

Publication date: 10 November 1997

ISBN: 9780500279878

About the Author

Amanda Cruz is Curator of Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Elizabeth A.T. Smith is Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Amelia Jones is an Associate Professor at the University of California.

List of Contributors

Amanda Cruz, Elizabeth A. T. Smith, Amelia Jones