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Cindy Sherman [Hardcover]

Eva Respini , Johanna Burton
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6 Feb 2012
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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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (6 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870708120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870708121
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 24.9 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Johanna Burton is on the faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and is a doctoral candidate in Princeton University's Department of Art and Archaeology. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sensational Cindy 28 Jun 2013
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If you were not as fortunate as I was when in Dallas in May to visit her exhibition, this book is a superb substitute. The colour reproductions are true and the introductory text an excellent reading of Sherman's work dedicated to 'unveiling the vicissitudes of signification' p.63. Do note the scale of the images however, as no book can ever replicate the assault of the larger images. I intend to give a copy of this retrospective to many of my young women in my family for Christmas, a quality production that offers profound, deeply disturbing but also entertaining insights into the female 'construction' as perceived by the great Cindy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Narcissism as Art: The Genius of Cindy Sherman 20 May 2012
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Cindy Sherman may alter her content for periods of time as she continues to be hailed as one of the most important photographic artists of the day but the subject matter is consistent: Cindy Sherman, the model. Does the work ever become repetitive? No. It simply gets more interesting as time moves along. This magnificent monograph covers the full career o f this fascinating artist's output and if ever there were a single volume to collect for those who admire her work, this is the book to purchase.

There are fine written contributions by Eva Respini and Johanna Burton and, very much in the style of Sherman's work, there is a fascinating and humorous interview/conversation between Cindy Sherman and the outrageous film maker John Waters that tackles the subject of creativity.

But by far the bulk of this fine book is the reproduction of works by Sherman, including Untitled Film Stills, her original works from 1977 to 1980, the Centerfolds from 1981, almost all of her history portraits which occupied her from 1989 to 1990, the series of head shots from 2000 to 2002, and her most recent work examining the subject of aging in this youth centric time in which we live.

The historic figures are both challenging and humorous as Sherman poses as queens, famous women, and historic concepts. The degree of costume manipulation and extreme makeup, costumes, and props she devises are features of her work that are extraordinary in and of themselves. But then the context in which she places herself in these historic images is so correct that the images challenge the mind. She is particularly spectacular when she arranges multiple figures (each figure being herself) in tableaux - feats that nearly defy belief. But for every bit of humor that is portrayed there is a companion pie that touches the heart. None of her work is superficial: everything she creates is done with meticulous preparation. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, May 12
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy woman crazy cool 22 May 2013
By K C - Published on Amazon.com
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Never liked her when I was in art school. Thought she was pretentious as hell. But after seeing her special exhibition in Dallas a few months ago, I was totally impressed. You have to see her work as a whole to appreciate how ingenious she is. Granted I still think she is a narcissistic and pretentious snob, there is something about the "Where's Waldo" like quality in her work that keeps you looking for more.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good representation, but not for me 21 Mar 2013
By Sesame Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, I am definitely a dilettante when it comes to art. I do know what I like, and I was intrigued when I saw some of Sherman's self-portraits online (I have never attended her exhibition). I decided to order this book to find out more about the artist. This book is a fair representation of her work, but some of the images (penis with a ring on it fused to a vagina with a tampon string sticking out, a picture of vomit) I have found offensive and not at all pleasant to look at. I am sure there's a conceptual explanation there, to be honest, I have not bothered to read the accompanying text. If you like Sherman's work, this is a good book to have, unfortunately, it is not for me and my coffee table.
5.0 out of 5 stars Always up there 7 May 2013
By Bob Whalen - Published on Amazon.com
As a huge fan of Cindy Sherman's work, I'm glad to see this compilation with some pictures that I had never seen before, and relatively affordable. She is really one of the most influential forces in recent photography and keeps reinventing herself in amusing and powerful ways. I would like to see some of the photos in here a lot larger than they were reproduced, although this doesn't reduce their overall impact and appeal. Definitely worth the buy.
4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CINDY SHERMAN - sweetheart 1 May 2012
By Samuel W. Pate - Published on Amazon.com
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WOW! Just got back from an NYC trip and took the opportunity to see the MOMA show featuring Cindy. What a doll she was in the 70s.

GREAT BOOK, GREAT PRICE! Thanks..................
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