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Cindy Sherman’s 35 Year Retrospective at Moma Thru June 11th
That tantalizing sense of mystery and uneasiness are similar emotions viewers feel when they see one of Ms. Sherman’s elliptical photographs. Over the course of her remarkable 35-year career she has transformed herself into hundreds of different personas: the movie star, the valley girl, the angry housewife, the frustrated socialite, the Renaissance courtesan, the menacing clown, even the Roman god Bacchus.
A daily form of masquerade that communicates culture, gender and class, has been a constant source of inspiration for Sherman. Fashion – History – Detris – are the subject matter of Cindy Sherman’s theatrical pictures. Outlandish and revolting tableau’s equally repulsive and seductive become visually rich ‘landscapes’, painterly textured and colored.