Cindy Sherman

Metro Pictures

At a time when would-be expressionists, neo-, naive, and new whatchamacallits of every ilk inhabit the nooks and crannies of the art world, infecting New York with a slightly hysterical, hothouse atmosphere, Cindy Sherman’s work has the welcome bite of cold water in a tropical climate. She explores contemporary passions and the subterfuge of imagery (in both the mass media and painting) in a clear-headed, self-possessed manner that does not in any way lessen their impact.

Sherman continues to be writer, director, set designer, and actor in her one-woman, one-frame stories. In her recent show of ten color photographs she plays all the roles: women in vulnerable, intimate poses—in bed, crouching, sitting, lying down. These characters range from childlike waifs, through women who have clearly seen the seamier side of life, to women whose posture bears the imprint of tedious domesticity: all

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