Cindy Sherman


Cindy Sherman’s oeuvre is expanding in both directions—not just forward time, but backward as well. We have always been told that her work begins in 1977, with ’’Untitled Film Stills,“ the series that occupied her through 1980. (Although the ’97 traveling LA MoCA retrospective included five images dated 1975, that show’s catalogue treated these straight-on head shots, in which the artist altered her appearance by means of hats and makeup, less as part of the oeuvre itself than as part of its background. Indeed, the pictures were presented not in the chronological sequence of plates but as illustrations for one of the catalogue’s introductory essays along with images by precursors like Eleanor Antin and Hans Bellmer.) Now Sherman has chosen to make public thirty-two black-and-white images dated 1976 (but printed in 2000) that together constitute two series, ”Bus Riders“ and ”Murder

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