Aside from their normal display of work the MoMA is currently exhibiting the work from American artist Cindy Sherman one of the most influential artists in contemporary art. The exhibition looks at a range of pieces of her work from the mid 70's up until the present day. Sherman has used herself as a model,photographer, make up artist and stylist in all her work for over 30 years. She transforms herself in quite a fascinating & realistic way, creating a variety of alter egos and personas.
My favorite pieces from her work are the 'Untitled Film Stills' where Sherman poses as the typical damsel in distress character from a film still. I love the black & white photos and the story that may hide behind it. The photos in this exhibit are inspired by the typical female roles during the 1950's and 60's film noir.
|Untitled Film Stills|
Her work is brilliant. Some of it is without a doubt very eery and sexually explicit, which is probably not everyones cup of tea, but you cannot deny that it is fascinating. The way she floats from role to role acting out the characters she creates. From a wealthy white lady with more plastic in her than a barbie doll, to a hollywood actress. I love it.
I would definitely recommend seeing it. So if you are in New York anytime soon then go go go. But if not all the work is on the MoMA & Cindy Sherman exhibition pages. Oh the joys of the internet.
Even better still there is a book on Amazon so you could by that OR even better than that just pop down to your nearest Watersones spend an hour or so in the Modern art section & have a flick through. :)