Cindy SHERMAN (1954)

Born in 1954 in Glen Ridge, Cindy Sherman began painting at Buffalo College in 1972. She quickly switched to photography.

After her series Untitled Film Stills, within which an intelligent aesthetic diverts the frames of black and white films of the 50s, the atmosphere hardens during the 80s and 90s: playing on the registers of the grotesque and monstrosity with the series: Fairy Tales, Disasters, Horror and Surrealist Pictures and Masks. Sherman transformed and photographed herself by using make-up and costumes, creating hundreds of different characters portrayed in stereotypical roles: the Transformation’s, thus further developing her aesthetic. Not very enthusiastic about organic or monstrous series, collectors favor the pictures taken between 1977 and 1989 (Untitled Film Stills and Centerfolds / Horizontals). In 2014, a batch of 21 silver prints from the acclaimed Untitled Film Stills series was snapped up for $ 6.8 million, surpassing Andreas Gursky’s peak by more than two million (Rhein II).

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