Cindy Sherman

Paul Moorhouse (Author), Erika Balsom (Author), Magda Keaney (Author), Rochelle Steiner (Author)

‘I’m good at using my face as a canvas … I’ll see a photograph of a character and try
to copy them on to my face. I think I’m really observant, and thinking how a person is put together, seeing them on the street and noticing subtle things about them that make them
who they are.’ — Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman is among the most influential artists of her generation. Using herself as model, wearing a range of costumes and portraying herself in invented situations, she interrogates the imagery employed by the mass media, popular culture and fine art. Television, advertising, magazines, film, fashion and Old Master paintings all form part of her visual language.

Whether using make-up, costumes, props and prosthetics to manipulate her own
appearance, or devising elaborate tableaux, her entire body of 40 years’ work constitutes
a highly distinctive response to contemporary and earlier culture, whose stylistic tropes
she appropriates and quotes. This book will explore the rich cultural sources that Sherman plunders in creating provocative and ambiguous images that lead us to question the things
we see.

Sherman’s work is surveyed through two related themes. Examining Sherman’s art within the context of portraiture it explores the way that identity is constructed from appearance. It also considers the nature of Sherman’s involvement with a range of styles by positioning her work in the context of the pre-existing imagery that she appropriates.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published by National Portrait Gallery (27 Jun. 2019)
ISBN 9781855147126
24.8 x 3 x 32.1 cm