Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cindy Sherman

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2012

I took in the Cindy Sherman photography exhibit this weekend. Cindy has done self-portraits of one sort or another for the last 35 years. One might think that this concept would lead to a sameness, a narcissistic conceit, but the opposite was true. After seeing over one hundred and fifty portraits, many larger than life-size, I was left with the strange sensation that she could be standing right next to me and I wouldn't recognize her at all.

Cindy's work features her assuming many personas, her early work looked as if they were stills from European art films; plotless but nevertheless supplied with narratives from the viewer's imagination. Later works explored classical art, while the newest work brought feminine stereotypes to uncomfortable heights- simultaneously fantastic and mundane.

Highly recommended for those readers in the Minneapolis area, through February 17, 2013.

By Professor Batty



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