Untitled Film Still #58
Cindy Sherman
Untitled Film Still #58
Cindy Sherman (American, Contemporary, b. 1954): Untitled Film Still #58, 1980. Series: Untitled Film Stills, 1977–1980. Gelatin silver print, 6-5/16 x 9-7/16 inches (16 x 24 cm). Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA. Image: Museum of Modern Art, New York. © Cindy Sherman © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

"Cindy Sherman created Untitled Film Stills between 1977 and 1980 which was her inaugural work. The series comprises 69 self-portraits which are meticulously composed like the B movies of the fifties. The artist plays the role of many female personalities, including solitary heroines from films that were never released." (www.images.ch)

'… [Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring"] an altogether different sort of picture known in Dutch as a tronie. This term encompasses close-up images of established character types—the jolly fisherman, the saucy servant girl—as well as faces displaying strong emotion or otherwise lost in thought … Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Walter Liedtke has described Vermeer's tronies as "an artists' kind of theater in which almost any sort of character seemed real." ... Seen as a group ... have an effect not unlike that of the famed "Untitled Film Stills" (1978-1980) of contemporary photographer Cindy Sherman, in which the artist exploits the conventions of motion-picture imagery to present herself in the assorted guises of a stereotypical Hollywood sex kitten, a lonely runaway, an innocent career girl in the big city, and so on.'

(Jonathan Lopez, Editor at large of Art and Antiques; online.wsj.com)

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Of Interest (Vermeer, The Girl with a Pearl Earring, I Require Art post): http://on.fb.me/HaDzmy

Cindy Sherman ... is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential artists in contemporary art. Throughout her career, she has presented a sustained, eloquent, and provocative exploration of the construction of contemporary identity and the nature of representation, drawn from the unlimited supply of images from movies, TV, magazines, the Internet, and art history ... To create her photographs, she assumes multiple roles of photographer, model, makeup artist, hairdresser, stylist, and wardrobe mistress.

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