Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cindy Sherman's Photos Look at Stereotypes of Women

Illustration by Joanne Van Genderen based on Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Still #3
Sharpie on Illustration Board 
20 x 16 inches 

Cindy Sherman, a mega-famous American photographer, explores a wide range of common female social roles, or personas. Sherman's Still Life #3  is one in a series she did in the late 70's demonstrating the seductive, oppressive influences of mass-media on our psyches. 

Her black and white photographs can be found here Cindy Sherman: Me, Myself, and I. I came to know Sherman back when we were kids. She was my sister's bestie and spent tons of time at our house. Who knew her feminist views would tear open the art world? 

Over the years, her work continued to make us question stereotypes through outrageous self-portraitures (many not for the faint of heart). But my favorite series is her early Untitled Film Stills. I guess MOMA liked it too because they purchased in in 1996.

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