One of the most widely recognized and influential American photographers in the contemporary art world, Cindy Sherman, has a retrospective of works showing at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibition showcases more than 170 pieces, tracing her career from the mid 1970s to the present. The opus spans Sherman’s provocative exploration of identity and nature of representation through various portraitures of herself in a range of unusual, thoughtful and amusing guises.
The concepts often draw from pop culture, such as movies, TV, magazines, the internet and, contrastingly, art history, where she assumes the roles of photographer, model, makeup artist, hairdresser and stylist to create a myriad of personas.
The images cover a spectrum of eras where they can be set in black and white, featuring elements from the 1950s and 60s hollywood, film noir and european art-house films; take on characteristics of aristocrats and old master paintings; or her larger-than-life society portraits address the experience and depiction of aging in the context of contemporary obsessions with youth and status.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
On now through October 8th, 2012
Via: Karen Ruimy