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Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills Hardcover – 27 Oct 2003

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  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; 01 edition (27 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870705075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870705076
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 26 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cindy Sherman is a ground-breaking American photographer, born in 1954. She began her "Film Stills" series at the age of 23, gaining early recognition, and has followed it with remarkable experiments in color photography. Her art has won her wide recognition and praise, and been collected and exhibited by major museums throughout the world since 1980. A major retrospective exhibition of her work was shown at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Dallas Museum of Art. Sherman is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She is represented by Metro Pictures gallery in New York.


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By A Customer on 6 Jun. 2004
Format: Hardcover
The perfect collection of Cindy Shermans works.
Before it would have been difficult to see all of these works but now they're all present in large full page photographs with no interuption.
Sherman herself has ordered the prints the way she thinks they should be seen, and with her own introduction to her work, it's almost too good to be true... but it is.
If you love Cindy Sherman, I advise you buy it.
If you love 1950's film noire, I advise you buy it.
If you think the cover looks good, I adive you buy it.
I know you wont be disappointed.
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Amazing!
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I thought this book was great, in the way that it was collection of her photographs, all in one place. However, i didnt find it helpful in finding anything out about cindy sherman on the works created, the meanings behind them or her intentions. minimal information really
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Despite the fact that Art News, december 1999, included Cindy Sherman in a list of the ten top living artists, that's irrelevant from my viewpoint. Such considerations can only be of interest to those who view art works as some sort of groceries at their disposal in the supermarket down the road.
The "untitled film stills" are just a collection of "portraits" of Ms Sherman in disguise as a second rate steriotyped character removed from some movie.
The introduction itself, written by Ms Sherman herself, is nothing but a bunch of trivialities and a good example of the fact that most artists are unable to talk about their own work in an articulate and intelligent way.
Technically the pictures are poor and, naturally, one is led to wonder whether at the time Ms Sherman could dominate all the pratical sides of Photography. Moreover some are not even taken by her but by people who apparently had no particular qualifications. It's hardly surprising that some of the stills look very much like the pictures one finds in family albums.
Not wanting to be entirely negative, I would single out still #21 as interesting but I cannot bring myself to say more than that.
The principal interest I found in this book was the confirmation that the art world is full of "masterpieces" of which the future is uncertain, to say the least.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8f19c9b4) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
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HASH(0x8f094414) out of 5 stars This book shows what is great about Cindy Sherman 2 May 2006
By Chris Kitze - Published on Amazon.com
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At first glance, you might see ordinary, banal photos that resemble out takes from studio stills. Look deeper and you will see works of genius that expose a new way of seeing and exploring the inner self that have been highly influential in the art world. This book has the images that started it all for Cindy Sherman and for that reason, you should start with this book if you want to learn about this artist.

Who will like this book? I think just about anyone with an interest in art or photography would consider this a "must have" book for their personal library. Nothing in this book would embarrass you if you gave it as a gift; it is edgy, but not to the point of weirdness. I just gave a copy to my 10-year-old daughter for inspiration and she really enjoyed it (though probably not at the level of an adult). If you are willing to look, this book will reward you.

Like any great artist, she makes it look easy. Her singular vision is apparent in the location selection, "set" design, makeup and costuming. If you have ever tried to do this yourself, you will respect what she has accomplished. The end result is that Ms. Sherman reveals what she wants us to believe are her innermost thoughts and emotions. Like great cinema, these photos achieve true suspension of disbelief and challenge the viewer's own framework of emotional identity. In the end, we believe.

Arguably, these are the best work ever done by Ms. Sherman. One complaint about her newer work is that it seems to continue to retread the same themes and variations. Sure, her newest works are bigger and colorful in keeping with the latest trends in photography -- personally, my favorites are the images in this book. There is a freshness I don't find in her later work. But this human story, like her imagery, will always continue to be explored by artists as long as there are humans to explore.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f094660) out of 5 stars excellent collection 1 May 2005
By Rae - Published on Amazon.com
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Cindy Sherman's work is inspiring. She's deadly serious about not being serious. This book is a great collection of her Untitled Film Stills collection, which happen to be my favorites in her body of work. Great introductory to her art.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f0948a0) out of 5 stars beautiful body of work 11 Dec. 2005
By S. Plourde - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to vehemently disagree with the previous review. Art is not all about perfection of technique. Technique helps, but point of view is always more important. Take, for example, Sebastio Salgado's third world portraits - super grainy, not technically perfect, but beautiful. Sherman has created a series of portraits lampooning as film stills that are lighthearted in idea, but in reality are often melancholy and full of life. The content is what's important here, not technique. If you want technically perfect photographs and don't care if there's interesting content, go look at some Ansel Adams landscapes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f094c00) out of 5 stars Untitled Film Stills 8 Mar. 2006
By Buffy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book along with the "Centerfolds" hardcover exhibition book provide the essential Cindy Sherman images. The film stills presented here are all in black and white, and her next project "Centerfolds" were all in color. Taken together you get the complete picture on Cindy Sherman.
HASH(0x8f094e1c) out of 5 stars Important Is Putting It Mildly 14 Nov. 2013
By jcnflorida - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm writing in late 2013. About 1-2 years ago The New Yorker critic (w/ whom I often agree) wrote a piece on Cindy Sherman that was mostly laudatory but dismissive of the film stills as immature and the least important part of her oeuvre and he implied that everyone who's anyone knows that. (That's not a direct quote but it captures the gist). My jaw dropped and I was like Excuse me??? I penned a nastyish letter to The New Yorker which they declined to print. Anyway, my point is this and I think it's sort of important: Great artists have to start somewhere, folks. Van Gogh did not hit a homerun every time. In my view the film stills are incredibly important. (And apparently MOMA agrees w/ me on that.) Why? These are her breakthrough. It's all here. In one volume. I'm inelegantly stating this, I know: The film stills are an important start to an important career.
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