Published to accompany the first major survey of Cindy Shermans work in the United States in nearly 15 years, this publication presents a stunning range of work from the groundbreaking artists 35-year career. Showcasing approximately 180 photographs from the mid-1970s to the present, including new works made for the exhibition and never before published, the volume is a vivid exploration of Shermans sustained investigation into the construction of contemporary identity and the nature of representation. The book highlights major bodies of work including her seminal Untitled Film Stills (197780); Centerfolds (1981); History Portraits (1989 90); Headshots (2000); and, two recent series on the experience and representation of aging in the context of contemporary obsessions with youth and status. An introductory essay by curator Eva Respini provides an overview of Shermans career, weaving together art historical analysis and discussions of the artists working methods, and a contribution by art historian Johanna Burton offers a critical re-examination of Shermans work in light of her recent series. A conversation between Cindy Sherman and filmmaker John Waters provide an enlightening view into the creative process.
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