Rotterdam: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 1996. Paperback. 175pp. Folio [31.5cm]. Glossy, illustrated wraps. Wraps are a bit creased, and moderately rubbed and scratched. Very good +. Item #63742
Cindy Sherman began her career in the 1970s. She works almost entirely in photographic self-portraiture, and her photographs explore feminine identity on a personal and societal level. Her earlier work is a succession of feminine archetypes: unhappy housewives, femme fatales, jilted lovers. In a series entitled "Film Stills," Sherman turned her keen societal analysis on the film industry, portraying popular feminine film tropes and challenging perceptions of a starlet's private life. Beginning in the 1980s, Sherman began using visible prostheses and mannequins in her photos. The resulting images were brilliantly hued and far more graphic, but undoubtedly effective in their criticism of the sex industry and the "male gaze."
This title was released in conjuction with an exhibition at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. It includes imagery from "Untitled Film Stills," "Disgust Pictures," "Sex Pictures" and "Horror Pictures." The text is in both Dutch and English.