Artist Cindy Sherman
The first half of the next year is going to see the contemporary art of Cindy Sherman at Gucci Museo in Florence. The display, curated by the Francesca Amfitheatrof, will include three bodies of work from her formative years.
Cindy started out as a painter whilst studying visual arts from Buffalo. Following her graduation in 1976, together with a group of artists, she created an art space that went on to hold numerous exhibitions. She later took to photography as she realised painting came with many limitations.
Her experiments with art followed a unique methodology. She would assume the role of both actor and director within her studio. She would then, with the creative use of clothes and cosmetics, transform herself into the subject she was portraying.
In many ways, she pioneered photography as an art form. By way of her narrative, she also explored the role of women in art, in the media and society as a whole.
Cindy Sherman's work: Doll Clothes
The following work is scheduled to be on display from the 10 January to 9 June as a part of museum’s third contemporary art exhibition:
Murder Mystery People (1976-2000): It is based on an imaginary crime movie where an actress from the 1930s falls in love with the movie’s director. The characters are depicted as cutouts in the 82 movie scenes, hung around the exhibition space like a mini movie.
Bus Riders (1976-2000): Originally created as a Photo Bus exhibition for Metro Bus 535, the piece sees her depict every day characters found riding on a bus. Characters are differentiated by using different poses and facial expressions, linking film and performance.
Doll Clothes (1975): This shows Sherman as a cut-out figure in her underwear trying different clothes. An oversized hand appears to grab her, strip her and place her on the plastic sleeve of the book. It embodies society and women’s confrontation with conformity, structure and identity.
The original cut-out photographs of Murder Mystery and Bus Riders were lost. Sherman reprinted them in 2000 a series of complete images.
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