City Gallery presented and launched a new exhibition by foremost American internationally acclaimed artist Cindy Sherman this evening. With guest speakers discussing their favourite work including fashion designer Karen Walker, artist Yvonne Todd and poet Hera Lindsay Bird. The exhibition is New Zealand’s first solo exhibition in 25 years by such a world famous photographer and artist. The show runs from 19th November 2016 to 19th March 2017 and is a unique opportunity to enjoy over 50 portrait photographs. As Cindy Sherman says herself – “None of the characters are me. They’re everything but me,” – making the event even more intriguing!
It’s truly amazing to think that Cindy Sherman has used herself as her own model for over forty years. When you take the time to observe the detail and depth of each photograph you come away feeling ‘how did she do that?’ Many of the images would have taken hours to prepare with wigs, make-up and fancy dress costumes being required. Some of Cindy’s pictures have sold for over NZ$5 million. No wonder Cindy has inspired countless wannabes over the years!
Cindy Sherman offers us unique transformations of society. Through clever use of photography and digital effects, Cindy Sherman encapsulates people of all backgrounds. Her sometimes disturbing look at gender, narcissism, social hierarchy as well as the rich and famous makes one feel that it is all real. To many budding artists and photographers, Cindy Sherman is a great influencer and is an inspiration to thousands. Some might argue Cindy has made as big an impact on the history of art as the Beatles did with their style of music in the 1960’s. Her individual style and brand of art has helped shape many people’s own artistic angles.
It’s strange to think that for almost ten years (the whole of the 1990’s) Cindy Sherman appeared not to have taken any photographs. Was this deliberate? What indeed was going on in her own mind during that decade? Certainly, when Cindy bounced back into the art world it appears that she did so with the added knowledge of creative digital technologies not seen in her earlier work.
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