CINDY SHERMAN IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN ARTISTS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS, HER ARTISTIC RESEARCH REVOLVES AROUND THEMES AND ISSUES OF IDENTITY AND THE FEMALE IMAGE MANIPULATION
She was born January 19, 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. In 1972 she began to study at the State University College at Buffalo and in 1976 she received her Bachelor of Arts. Since the summer of 1977 she lives and performs her artistic activity in New York. The photographs of Sherman are ironic and have a single point of view in which the photographic protagonist is herself. Her works are not a simple documentation but are born to be taken by the camera: she elaborates the prevalent social stereotypes in the media. In her artistic portrayed ordinary people like: clowns, the high society women, icons of the jet-set and several figures. The Sherman proposes in her conceptualism as a photo model and photographer.
The disguise is the focal point of her work, was born from a personal need in which wants to show his artistic vision to become a mirror of the world around her. For more than thirty years, has played several roles entered in the role of various characters, her works are often left with no way to leave the viewer with the possible creation of a history and a possible title. The most important photographic works were those dated 1977, “Untitled Film Stills” where representing at an imitation of the photographs taken in the Hollywood studios of the fifties and History Portraits / Old Masters of 1988-1990 where her photographs represented a figurative painting. Celebrated throughout the world as one of the most influential art personalities, it disguised a new expressive vision of undermining the society of appearance did her ” I” the only reason for being.