Innovative contemporary artist Cindy Sherman was performing for the camera long before mobile phones even existed. A major new retrospective of works by this leading contemporary artist is on display during Summer 2019 at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
The exhibition “Cindy Sherman” traces the development of Sherman's work from the mid-70s to the present day and features around 150 works from international public and private collections, including the ground-breaking series that established Sherman’s reputation, Untitled Film Stills (1977-80), as well as new work never displayed in a public gallery before. The exhibition also features a recreation of Sherman’s studio in New York, providing a glimpse into her creative process, as well as a digital version of a private family photo album that shows the pictures that sparked Sherman's interest in her own changing appearance.
Sherman's unconventional works lure the viewer in while allowing a free interpretation and are as elusive and evasive as the artist herself. She sees the world as one big stage where everyone is a performer who hides behind a mask. Through her highly ambiguous works, Sherman experiments with the boundaries of what is seen as normal and explores the complex relationship between appearance and reality.
Focusing on the artist’s manipulation of her own appearance and her deployment of material derived from different cultural sources, including film, advertising and fashion, the exhibition explores the relationship between façade and identity.