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Cindy Sherman

Metro Pictures

Cindy Sherman has gone digital! It’s still her masquerading for the camera as she brings to life a series of clowns (twelve of which were included in this exhibition), who are easily among the most flamboyant characters she has ever created. But in several of these new photographs (all works 2004), Sherman employs digital technology to multiply her image within a single frame. Dressed in clown outfits, clusters of her surrogates share space for the first time. They rub shoulders, snatch furtive glimpses, taunt one another, and leer at us from the other side of the looking glass—introducing in the process new potential for social narrative. Sherman has also activated the background space of her photographs, and the results are positively psychedelic. Pulsing, fruit-colored patterns, spinning whirlpools, and other wild special effects telegraph highly charged psychological states and suggest

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