American, 1954 –
Photographer and film director, Cindy Sherman was born in 1954 in Glen Ridge, N.J. Her interest in art developed while she was attending Buffalo State College and she began painting. Not finding satisfaction with the medium she took up photography and became interested in photo-based conceptual art particularly.
Cindy Sherman is best known for her self portrait photography. She has said she considers her work to be much like performance art because she creates a narrative and uses costumes and make-up to transform her identity within the narrative.
“I’m trying to make other people recognize something of themselves rather than me.”
Her work strives to break down stereotypes. Some examples of these Sherman has addressed in her work include images of women in films of the 1950s and 60s, Centerfolds, historical figures and fashion models. Her imagery forces the viewer to reconsider common stereotypes and assumptions made about the culture in which we live.
In 1995, Cindy Sherman was the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowships, which is a prestigious honor and awarded to those who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work.” She has continued to be recognized for her work ever since. Sherman’s work is in the collections of many museums including The Tate Gallery, London; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Australian National Gallery, Canberra; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and many others.