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"None of the characters are me. They’re everything but me."

- Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman has changed the face of contemporary art, by constantly manipulating her own image. For over forty years she has used herself as her own model in staged photographs, transforming her appearance through makeup, costumes, wigs, prostheses, and more recently, digital effects. 

Her chameleon-like transformations offer a sustained, cutting and at times disturbing investigation of gender, social conditioning, narcissism and celebrity culture. These photographs have made Sherman one of the most influential artists living today. She is as important to art history as she is to pop culture. Sherman has transformed how we think about photography, especially its role in shaping personal and collective identities.

Cindy Sherman is a major exhibition of Sherman’s photography since 2000, the moment where she returned to photographing herself after a decade of willful absenteeism from her own work. It features seven major series where Sherman investigates a range of new and troublesome ‘types’ (socialites, fashion victims, clowns), and includes her collaborations with fashion houses Balenciaga and Chanel.

The exhibition showcases Sherman’s embrace of digital technologies to alter the ways she makes and presents her images. A mammoth, multi-character photographic mural wrapping around City Gallery’s spaces exemplifies the range of new and disarming experiences offered by Sherman’s twenty-first-century work.

"She’s good enough to be a real actress."

- Andy Warhol

Cindy Sherman is a Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Touring Exhibition. It is generously supported by Wellington City Council, City Gallery Foundation, EY and Massey University Wellington.

Please note: this is a paid exhibition. 

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