Cindy Sherman has become one most respected and distinct photographers of the late twentieth century. Even though most of her photographs are pictures of herself, these photographs are not self-portraits. Sherman uses herself as a tool for commenting on a lot of situations of the modern world: her role as a woman and as an artist. Through her vague and ambiguous photographs, Sherman has been able to achieve a unique trademark. Sherman has brought up a number of challenging and confrontational questions about the role of women in today’s society, media and art through a variety of her works.
Sherman was born in 1954, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, a suburb situated in New York City. Her family moved a while after her birth. Sherman was the youngest of 5 children in the town of Huntington, Long Island. Unlike most artists, Sherman wasn’t didn’t have much knowledge of art during her youth. Her parents were not involved in art either. Her father was an engineer and her mother was a teacher. Cindy Sherman has said that “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.”
Although Sherman’s parents had a lack of interest in art they supported her decision to attend art school after finishing high school, however her mother did warn her to “take a few teaching courses just in case.” But Sherman started her art career at State University College at Buffalo. Her career at college started very differently than it finished. Sherman was always painting and then one day she realised that she had enough. She was annoyed with the boundaries of painting, and so gave it up.
contemporary art, the art of the late 20 th cent. and early 21 st cent. , both an outgrowth and a rejection of modern art. As the force and vigor of abstract expressionism diminished, new artistic movements and styles arose during the 1960 s and 70 s to challenge and displace modernism in painting, sculpture, and other media. Improvisational and Dada-like styles employed in the early 1960 s and ...
Sherman has said that you cant express thoughts and feelings through painting. “I was meticulously copying other art and then I realized I could just use a camera and put my time into an idea instead.”
And she done exactly that. In the past, Sherman has said that she would’ve never been successful as a painter, stating that she isn’t able to respond to painting other than having an automatic reaction like an ordinary person. She lacked the important connection needed to do painting, therefore Sherman went on to do photography, which she studied for the rest of her time at college. During her time at Buffalo, she met a person who became very important in her life, another art student Robert Longo. Sherman and Longo and another student Charles Clough, they created Hallwalls, an independent contemporary arts centre where artists from various backgrounds demonstrate their work in film, video, literature, music, performance, media and visual arts.
After graduating in 1976, she moved to New York City to start her art career. Sherman took photographs of herself. These photographs became known as the Untitled Film Stills possibly Sherman’s most recognisable and well known work. In these photographs, In these photos Sherman plays the roles of B-movie actresses, it shows her dressed up in wigs, hats, dresses, playing the roles of characters. Many would mistake these photos being self portraits but these photographs she experiments with elements of self-portraits and are actually something different. In each of the photographs, Sherman plays the role of a fictional character. There is the stereotypical housewife, the prostitute, the woman in sorrow and pain, the dancer, and the actress which Sherman plays all of these characters. For a piece of work to be considered as a self portrait it has to show a real and existing person. Sherman cautiously communicates to the viewer that these works are not meant to show Cindy Sherman the person but the message behind the character which she is playing. There are also little clues to Sherman’s personality in the photos. Each photograph is so unique and has many meanings that the viewer is left with confusion and not understanding Sherman’s true personality.
I. Introduction Wherever man lives there is art, because art is anything made or done by man that affects or moves us so that we feel and see beauty. Man uses his imagination to invent a unique beauty in which the artist sees his feelings and inspiration affects on how he will express his art. Through the major development of technologies and social changes that have taken place in the 19 th ...