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Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills Series at NPG, London

“Untitled Film Still #21,” 1978, Cindy Sherman, Gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches, 20.3 x 25.4 cm,
(Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York)

Coming soon at National Portrait Gallery, London is a retrospective of Cindy Sherman’s complete “Untitled Film Stills” series for the first time in UK. The show will be on view from June 27, 2019, through September 15, 2019.

 The exhibition features her series, “Untitled Film Stills,” 1977-80, which will be open to the public in the UK for the first time. “The show will explore the development of Sherman’s work from the mid-1970s to the present day. The exhibition will feature around 180 works from international public and private collections, as well as new work never before displayed in a public gallery,” the gallery says.

Cindy Sherman (b. 1954) is considered to be one of the world’s leading contemporary artists. She first gained widespread recognition for the series on display. She started working on it shortly after she moved to New York in 1977. “Comprising of 70 images, the work was the artist’s first major artistic statement and defined her approach. With Sherman herself as a model wearing a range of costumes and hairstyles, her black and white images captured the look of 1950s and ‘60s Hollywood, film noir, B movies and European art-house films. Building on that layer of artifice, the fictional situations she created were photographed in a way that recalls the conventions of yesterday’s cinema.  As a result, each photograph depicts its subject, namely the artist, refracted through a layer of artifice — a veneer of representation,” the gallery writes.

Paul Moorhouse, Curator, "Cindy Sherman," says: “Cindy Sherman’s art is completely distinctive.  By inventing fictitious characters and photographing herself in imaginary situations, she inhabits a world of pure appearance.  No other artist interrogates the illusions presented by modern culture in such a penetrating way — or scrutinizes so tellingly the facades that people adopt.  Probing the elusive connection between appearance and meaning, her work explores contemporary life with sharp observation and exposes its deceptions.”

The installation will also include Sherman’s all five “Cover Girl” series that will be shown together for the first time. She completed these in 1976 when she was only a student. According to the gallery, other key works will be shown from the artist’s most important series including “Rear Screen Projections”, “Centrefolds”, “History Portraits”, “Fairy Tales”, “Sex Pictures”, “Masks”, “Headshots”, “Clowns”, and “Society Portraits.” “Cindy Sherman” will also look at how the artist manipulated her own appearance and used a variety of materials from different cultural sources. “This she used in order to create imaginary portraits that explore the tension between facade and identity,” the gallery adds. “Sherman is famous for her use of make-up, costumes, props and prosthetics to create complex and ambiguous photographic images.  A range of source material from the artist’s studio will be shown in order to provide unprecedented insights into her working processes,” the gallery says.

Cindy Sherman” runs from June 27, 2019, through September 15, 2019, at National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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