Cindy Sherman frames analysis

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Born 1954. Attended State University College at Buffalo, NY, majored in art, and received a bachelor's degree in 1976. "It wasn't until college that I had any concept of what was going on in the art world. My idea of being an artist as a kid was a courtroom artist or one of those boardwalk artists who do caricatures. My parents had a book of, like, the one hundred one beautiful paintings, which included Dali and Picasso among the most recent artists."

In 1981, Sherman had her first one-person exhibition, which made rounds through New York, Chicago and Genoa, Italy.

Conceals her identity through her photography. Sometimes she acts as an omnipresent narrator, but also, as in 1977's Untitled Film Stills series, is the main model and protagonist. Although, the majority of her photographs are pictures of her, these photographs are most definitely not self-portraits.

Seldom consents to interviews and even more infrequently allows herself to be photographed out of character.

Despite constant reappearance in her photos, her public persona remains elusive. "I'm not really an eloquent person. I don't think artists should be the ones that have to explain their work. That's why there are critics and journalists. I figure, let the work speak for itself and let other people figure it out."

Her work has been shown in more than 75 solo exhibitions and as part of over 150 group exhibitions. Sixty-four museums collect her prints.

In 1996, Sherman produced a film, Office Killer, in which a secretary exacts her revenge for corporate downsizing. In 1999 she was named one of the Top 10 Living Artists by ARTnews magazine.

Says that using her sense of instinct is the best way to approach her work.


Explores her personal concerns of how the mass media impacts...