"No. 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. Then the twice- and thrice-over. "It was partly that, but, to be really psychological about it, it was also partly, 'If you don't like me this way, how about you like me this way?' ", From the off at college, Sherman became her own subject. Galleries 6 I expect her to say yes, but she's not having any of it. I’m trying to think of ways to make work from it;I can’t really turn them into [prints] because the quality’s just not good enough to make them big.’ She has, instead, been considering unconventional media: a friend, for instance, is turning her posts into hand-carved cameos. I catch myself staring more than once during our conversation, wondering how she manages to transform herself so thoroughly in her photographs that her face seems unfamiliar even though I’ve seen it so many times. © Cindy Sherman, a self-pitying documentary he made about being the unsuccessful half of the relationship. As a teenager, she was obsessed with appearance. On fakery and the Russian avant-garde, The week in art news – Art Basel postponed to September. She was the youngest of five children – a 19-year age gap separated Sherman and her eldest sibling – and has often explained her early enthusiasm for dressing up as unusual characters as a means of commanding attention as the baby of the family (in an interview with the Guardian in 2011, she said she felt like ‘a total latecomer’ within an already established household). Women used to do that – tissues and socks!" The photographs were almost immediately celebrated by critics and curators, establishing her reputation as a leading artist of the ‘Pictures Generation’. At one point Cindy Sherman had used it for her photo studio. In fact, Chinese philosopher Mozi, who lived during the Han dynasty (circa 468 – circa 391 BC), was the first person to write down the principles of camera obscura. While she resists dogmatic interpretation, she accepts that so much of it has been an examination of identity and gender. More generally, the images continue Sherman’s investigation into the representation of femininity in mass media, proving, as she had done so already, the ease with which we conflate fantasy and reality. She's a Hitchcock heroine, a busty Monroe, an abuse victim, a terrified centrefold, a corpse, a Caravaggio, a Botticelli, a mutilated hermaphrodite sex doll, a man in a balaclava, a surgically-enhanced Hamptons type, a cowgirl, a desperate clown, and we've barely started. ‘When I’d look through [boxes of family photos], I’d always ask my mother “Which one of those is me?” I guess it became interesting to me to pick myself out of a group of people,’ Sherman tells me. There’s still a lot I’ve never even read, and some that I’ve tried to read and didn’t even understand.’ Her response to an essay by Rosalind Krauss in a 1993 monograph, for instance, was ‘headscratching, like, “What is she talking about?”’ Among the most outlandish interpretations she has encountered, she says, is a short film – Bertrand Bonello’s Cindy: The Doll is Mine (2005) – that imagines Sherman at work in the studio. The feminists claimed her as theirs, as did the postmodernists, the post-structuralists, the post-everythings. Sherman's work has always been a vibrant mush of ideas. ", Who was the nicest man in her life? "No, that's make-up and maybe some socks I put in my bra. Then I developed the film in chemicals that were too hot, which cracks the emulsion, so they are super grainy, because I wanted them to look like cheap prints, not art; something you could find in a thrift store for 50 cents." Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York; © Cindy Sherman, Sherman describes her process as largely intuitive: she tests out ideas as they pop into her head, playing around with garments or props until she hits on a promising character. In the new work, she is more exposed than she has ever been before. Cover Girl (Vogue) (1976/2011), Cindy Sherman. Given that Sherman has always been adamant that her photographs are not self-portraits, I ask how she characterises her warped and filtered images on Instagram, where they occasionally sit side by side with straight snapshots from her life. She tells a story about when he was in his nursing home in Arizona and she was planning a visit. 9. In the following interview, Sherman walks Art21 through the exhibition and discusses the ideas behind individual photographs as well as the overall series. Robert Jenrick wants to keep the mob at bay. The Pinhole Camera and Camera Obscura. I ironed my hair even though my hair was pretty straight. "I probably went around going, 'It's OK, I'll fix it. Sherman becomes visibly excited discussing the technical side: the process not only offers richer colour, but also allows her to exhibit the prints without glass, so the experience of viewing them ‘seems more immediate: there’s no reflection, so you’re not really aware of yourself as the viewer looking at the image.’, Untitled #204 (1989), Cindy Sherman. But sometimes it’s really hard [afterwards] to get back into the whole process,’ she says. Back then, two things struck me about her – she was an astonishing image-creator (her stills were like complete movies, with their own narratives) and here was a girl who sure liked to dress up. ‘I guess I neglected [the series], because it was really early work. The following interview took place in late November in the evening at Cindy Sherman’s loft. "The pictures were meant to be disturbing. cindy sherman. Cindy Sherman talks to BAZAAR about fashion, photography and bringing her characters to life. ", But painting at the time was a male preserve, she says. Elephant aims to survey the international contemporary art scene with more energy and depth than any other magazine in print or online. Cindy Sherman… These are mostly left-over reference images for Sherman’s recent Flappers series (2016–18), in which she appears in the guise of ageing former starlets, many of them seemingly unaware that they are past their primes as they pose for glamour shots in flapper dresses with heavy period make-up. " Her voice rises with mock joie de vivre. I never thought about it; it was just in a file somewhere,’ Sherman says. In front of me is an elegant woman with long, blond hair and soft features. A few years ago, art-world videographer Paul H-O dated a famous artist.Now he’s made a movie about it. For years, Sydney-based photographer Jem Cresswell has been diving into the ocean to document the otherwise unseen lives of humpback whales, a humbling experience he recounts in the latest interview supported by Colossal Members.He discusses what drew him to the mammalian subject matter and how collaborating with them during a long period has offered insight into their complex … People think because it's photography it's not worth as much, and because it's a woman artist, you're still not getting as much – there's still definitely that happening. There have been times when she has not wanted to attend her own openings because she felt old friends were resentful towards her. Celebrity pictures and photos from the world's first and only micro stock celebrity photo agency. Yeah! Although she wore outfits by Jean-Paul Gaultier and Comme des Garçons, among other labels, the photographs were intentionally unglamorous, participating in the business of fashion advertising only to subvert its conventions. It ended with the Clowns series. In Harper’s Bazaar, Sherman’s street-style models appeared against digitally inserted scenes capturing the bustle outside real fashion shows. "It's all make-up." "The boyfriend I had at the time had pointed out that you're always putting on make-up – I would just go in my bedroom when I was depressed and I'd turn into characters – and he said, 'You should be documenting this. With the help of stage make-up, prosthetics, wigs, costumes and, more recently, digital tools, she has shapeshifted into hundreds of characters, among them B-movie ingénues, terrifying clowns, Renaissance Madonnas, and society matrons. Sherman is currently preparing for a retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery in London this summer (27 June–15 September). Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York; © Cindy Sherman. "Totally. There is something profoundly uncanny about seeing Cindy Sherman in person for the first time. She holds up her hands in surrender. It's really interesting what you're doing.' The title led us to believe that the pictures would be titillating, possibly pornographic. American, born 1954. At times, they seem to have been virtually collaborators; silent partners in the work. Sherman has often taken on fashion collaborations, beginning with a series of ads for the boutique Dianne B, which ran in Interview magazine in 1983. ISBN 0-87070-507-5. When I heard that, I said, 'Dad, I'm sorry, I'm not going to do that. Without warning, she bursts out crying, and says they separated only recently. From the June 2019 issue of Apollo. "My sister warned me that he had arranged for me to give a talk there about my work and he'd put up fliers saying, 'Charlie Sherman's daughter coming to talk.' 3), made while Sherman was an art student at State University College at Buffalo in upstate New York. Her collection of eccentric outfits was growing, she was still into dressing up, and sometimes she would go out socially "in character". Skarstedt Fine Art, 2004. © Cindy Sherman, Untitled (2010) from Sherman’s latest work. It's a good likeness, I say. When Sherman was in elementary school – she’s not sure exactly how old she was, but it was somewhere around eight – she began compiling an album of family snaps that she titled ‘A Cindy Book’, drawing a circle around herself in each image and captioning it, ‘That’s me’. So why is he leading it with a pitchfork? In fact, nobody commented on it. And then I went through a period when I went to sleep with great big curlers. ", The more controversy the work generated, the higher the price it fetched. I'll be better.' "There's a theory that there were so many women photographers at the time because we felt nobody else was doing it. Today, it’s as mundane an activity as reading a newspaper – probably more  so – making Sherman, once again, seem eerily prescient. "He's a real sweetheart." These include the Cover Girl series (1976; Fig. Paul H-O and Cindy Sherman . Untitled Film Still #21 (1978), Cindy Sherman. She has painted some of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world such as Gisele Bundchen, Zoe Saldana, Miranda Kerr, Tilda Swinton, to artists such as Cindy Sherman. For the versions in the exhibition, the women appear against various unpopulated landscapes, making their desperate bids for attention seem all the more absurd as they pose for an absent crowd. ‘When I’m shooting, it’s such an intense time for me that I need to get away from it and sort of forget about it. When I ask Sherman if she has ever been interested in the extensive theoretical discourse around her work, she laughs: ‘No, no. "I suppose. ", Of course, there is more to her work than dressing up. I'm sorry! Few artists embraced their contradictions so easily. She can't believe now that at 14 she was wearing girdles and projectile bras. She pauses and smiles. "My dad was such a bigot. Sherman talks about other men who have played a part in her life and work. She turns to the picture of herself as Marilyn Monroe. That’s a big, confusing thing that people have with my work: they think I’m trying to reveal these secret fantasies or something. Britannica website, Cindy Sherman Biography In the following interview, Sherman walks Art21 through the exhibition and discusses the ideas behind individual photographs as well as the overall series. Cindy Sherman wurde in Glen Ridge im US-Bundesstaat New Jersey geboren und wuchs in Huntington in New York als jüngstes von fünf Kindern auf. Sherman worked on the History Portraits (1988–90) during a fellowship in Rome, using cheap fabrics and obvious prostheses to loosely recreate Old Master paintings. And ever since, she says, she's managed to star in her pictures without giving anything away. But I didn't mean it as dogma', and some feminists said men could look at that and think it's a turn on, and she should have a label to explain each piece. Instead, she created a series of terrified, exposed and hunted women. Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York; © Cindy Sherman. It’s really about obliterating myself within these characters.’, Untitled #92 (1981), Cindy Sherman. But you couldn't get rollers that were big enough, so we'd wash out orange juice cans and even those big tomato juice cans, and wrap our hair around that to make it sort of curly, and I remember trying to sleep with these horrible curlers in my hair. There is something profoundly uncanny about seeing Cindy Sherman in person for the first time. Quotations by Cindy Sherman, American Photographer, Born January 19, 1954. I'd put on make-up every day of the year because I thought, 'Well, you never know who's going to knock on the door.' By now, her mother had died, but her father enjoyed her success in typical fashion. ‘I think of [Instagram] more like a sketchbook,’ she says. ', but then I felt, boy, if it was me, I'd be so sick of it, and I actually realised he likes it. David Byrne, she mumbles. I totally deserve this, I thought. Because the sibling closest to her age was nine years her senior, Sherman felt like an only child, sometimes forgotten in the … So even though it's not autobiographical, the work is about her sense of self? Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills. ", But by the time she got to college, make-up was a no-no among self-respecting liberated women. Artworks, films, articles, biographies, glossary terms and more. He was a horrible, self-centred person. The Clowns series (2003–05), for instance, was inspired by a ‘really funny pair of pyjamas that had been turned into a clown suit’. We couldn't or didn't really want to go into the male-dominated painting world, so since there weren't any artists who were using photographs, we thought, 'Well, yeah, let's just play with that.' You weren't meant to think, 'Ah, OK, who's this cutie here?' and then you go, 'Oh! Cindy Sherman’s earliest photographic work displayed her posed tauntingly in sets. I was raised Episcopalian. The Cindy Sherman Effect, The Art News, 2012 Cindy Sherman: Me, myself and I, The Guardian, 2012 The Ugly Beauty of Cindy Sherman’s Instagram Selfies, The New York Times, 2016 An Interview with Cindy Sherman, Apollo Magazine, 2019 Cindy Sherman at the National Portrait Gallery, The Times, 2019. He was really racist and he'd talk about the Jews and blacks and Catholics even. I give Cindy Sherman the once-over. In the beginning, it was kind of exciting like, 'Wooh – he's my boyfriend! "I was really ambivalent about it because I still liked it, but you did not wear make-up, you did not dye your hair, you didn't wear a bra – we were all natural. It is composed primarily of interviews between creative people working in a variety of disciplines—visual art, literature, film, music, theater, architecture, and dance. No, she says, anything but. Biografie. He does this three times, for a total of 29 minutes inside the Sherman home, before driving off. The photographs in the album, which is being exhibited for the first time, chart her changing appearance as she ages from an infant to a pre-teen. Cindy Crawford looks better than ever at 54-years-old. What is also encoded in the portraits, we suspect to the chagrin of the characters, is the wretchedness of their situation. She was by that point already photographing herself in her work and recognised, in the album, that a similar impulse had been present from a young age. "For the project I had to confront something difficult. We're just taking a break. Cindy Sherman talks to Simon … She was also drawn to photographs, if not yet photography. ", She still has a complicated relationship with make-up. "I thought he's your current boyfriend," I say. Cindy Sherman, Untitled #613, 2019, dye sublimation print, 79 1/4 by 101 3/4 inches; at Metro Pictures. Cindy Sherman talks to Simon Hattenstone about family, break-ups, $1m pictures… and why she can't keep herself out of her art, Untitled Film Still #3 (1977). Cindy Sherman Feb 26–Jun 11, 2012 Cindy Sherman Feb 26–Jun 11, 2012 How we identified these works. But however much of a struggle it is, her art does continue to evolve. They were simply glad she had found something to occupy herself. She was always blessed, or cursed, with an eagerness to please. "I hardly wear it in the day now." Now, she says, she often accepts fashion and magazine commissions when she hasn’t created new work in a while and needs a burst of inspiration. Working digitally, ‘I can start without really any idea in my mind and just be fooling around in front of the camera, take a few shots and look at them on my computer and say, “Well that’s a good direction to go in, let’s work with that kind of character.”’, Untitled #587 (2016/18), Cindy Sherman. As a little girl, she'd visit thrift shops with her mother for outfits and back at home she amassed a suitcase of prom dresses. Then the photographs moved into a more intimate relationship between her and the camera: no costumes or props; but Sherman emoting—loneliness, fear, etc. When she greets me at the door of her SoHo studio one afternoon in April, casually dressed and wearing no obvious make-up, I recognise her features, but not, exactly, her face. ", It was in the early 1980s that she began to make a name for herself. Was dressing up a means of escape? Ihr Vater, ein passionierter Kamerasammler, arbeitete als Ingenieur und die Mutter als Lehrerin.. Mit zehn Jahren bekam sie ihren ersten Fotoapparat.Im Herbst 1972 begann sie ein Studium am Art Departement der State University of New … It was a brilliantly novel concept – grainy shots of movies that never existed, created with such panache and knowing that you felt they must do. I think a lot of artists are like that when they're in the midst of doing something. "And we might still get back together – I don't know. In a 1988 interview, Sherman said the series aimed to encourage audiences to question stereotypical portrayals of women. “Cindy Sherman’s last Parisian exhibition was in 2006 at the Jeu de Paume. A mistress of disguise and dramatic personae, Cindy Sherman's photography is internationally known for challenging gender constructs and shattering the illusion of appearance. New York based artist, Cindy Sherman, is famous for her photographs of women in which she is not only the photographer, but also the subject. ‘I change these when I’m really working on something, when I need different frames of reference,’ she says, gesturing towards one group of pictures in which 1920s Hollywood actresses feature prominently. "The one weird thing about being with David Byrne was I'd be like, 'God, David, don't you get sick of these people coming up you?' Philadelphia Museum of Art. On Friday, January 22, the 9 th Annual She Rocks Awards will livestream their ceremony, honoring eleven artists who have made a positive, distinguishable mark in music. I know I'm staring more than is right but I can't help myself. ‘The actress playing me is just struggling, like “Oh it’s so torturous,” […] and I thought “Wow that is so not true.” I’m having fun when I’m working, even when I’m doing really dark subjects.’, Untitled #574 (2016), Cindy Sherman. 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