Cindy Sherman is a name entrenched within art history. Her Film Stills and Centerfolds series of the 1970s and 1980s inspired a generation of artists and critical theorists to take notice of the idea of female performance, later theorized as gender performativity by Judith Butler, or masquerade and the male gaze. She reflected this performance back at the audience using identifiable tropes from popular culture such as film types and magazine models that would jolt the audience to attention. Although Sherman would deny that any of this was her intention or motivation, it is an interpretation of her work that propelled her into the most important conversations surrounding art at the time: those of feminism, gender identity, and the gaze. But we already know this. Cindy Sherman was a comprehensive exhibition that displayed her twenty-first-century photographic explorations, which used technology, embraced fashion, and disarmed the viewer by reflecting absurd archetypes...
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Book Review| June 01 2017
Exhibition Review: Cindy Sherman
Exhibition Review: Cindy Sherman. November 19, 2016–March 19,
City Gallery Wellington,
Wellington, New Zealand
Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture (2017) 2 (1): 123–127.
Vanessa Gerrie; Exhibition Review: Cindy Sherman. Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture 1 June 2017; 2 (1): 123–127. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/jasiapacipopcult.2.1.0123
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