Cindy Sherman, Untitled 92 , Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York. Few artists have predicted the future quite like Cindy Sherman. Shown alongside newer full-colour works such as Headshots and Flappers , the images from her breakthrough series Untitled Film Stills take on a new significance. Unnerving, compelling and enigmatic in equal measure, the 70 black and white portraits shot between and , imagined a series of screen sirens and cinematic archetypes from an unknown, unnamed film. Indeed it is our imagined selves, fabled narratives, vanity and vulnerability that we locate in her works, familiar and disconcerting.
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Honorary doctorate degree from the Royal College of Art , London. Cynthia Morris Sherman born January 19, is a Pictures Generation American artist whose work consists primarily of photographic self-portraits , depicting herself in many different contexts and as various imagined characters. Her breakthrough work is often considered to be " Complete Untitled Film Stills ," a series of 70 black-and-white photographs of herself in many of the roles of women in performance media especially arthouse films and popular B-movies. In the s, Sherman used color film and large prints, and focused more on costume, lighting and facial expression. In , Sherman was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.
Ahead of a major London show, the artist talks about her childhood, therapy and her tricky relationship with success. It comprises 26 snapshots pasted on pages torn out of a school exercise book and placed inside stapled-together plain covers that are now stained and discoloured with age. For all sorts of reasons, it is a good place to start. There is no artifice in the actual photographs.