New York

Cindy Sherman

Metro Pictures

Do you remember Diane McBain? No? Well, I’ll give you some hints. In the early ’60s, she was Warner Brothers’ answer to Grace Kelly. She had a featured part in the television series, Surf-side Six. Her best movie, Parrish (1961), was set in the tobacco fields of Connecticut where she and Connie Stevens were rivals for the hand of Troy Donahue. She was tall, slim, blue-eyed and blonde; but her features were more pointy than chiseled and she had a flat, unaccented voice utterly lacking in nuance. When her career went down the tubes, it was as though she had never been there. Compared to Diane McBain, Tippi Hedren was a Major Motion Picture Star.

Cindy Sherman photographs remind me of Diane McBain. They all portray forgettable-looking women in ambiguous situations, doing vaguely dramatic things. Their poses are artificial, their mouths are set, their eyes are dead. There is an uneasiness about

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