Cindy Sherman: the power of stereotypes as transmitters of cultural clichés

This is a must see exhibition if you’re in NY now. Cindy Sherman is a photographer from the 1970’s that is considered one of the most influential artists working today.

Film Still 16 – 1978

She explores the contemporary identity to create her characters, from publicity pictures made in the 60’s by Hollywood to portraits taken from the point of view of old womans, reacting to a youth- and status-obsessed culture.

Untitled #476 – 2008

Untitled #466 – 2008

Its also very interesting to know that she does all the work by herself, the make up, the creation of the characters, the photography itself, all on her studio.

Untitled #276 – 1993

What calls my attention the most about her is that she puts the critiques in your face in a very smart and provocative way. There’s no way you can go to this exhibition and don’t react from it.

Untitled #415 – 2004

Untitled #396 – 2000

If you’re not in New York, don’t worry. You can see the entire collection on MoMA’s website too (thank you MoMA!).

And to finish convincing you to go see more of her work, check this stop motion animation she did – I LOVE it!


Deborah is known in Brazil as Tartaruga Feliz (Happy Turtle). She’s a self-taught illustrator and animator who is born in Brazil. She travels the world while working, and attributes it to the best experience she has had in her life so far. You can see more of her work on her website, and follow her on her blog where she draws a friend a day.

3 Replies to “Cindy Sherman: the power of stereotypes as transmitters of cultural clichés”

  1. Melanie says:

    I was there about 10 days ago. My favourite part of the exhibition was the stop motion videos! x

  2. Helenb says:

    Cindy and Barbara Kruger were such major influences in my life when I was studying photography and film in the 80’s. I would have loved to have seen this exhibition of her work.
    Thanks for posting.

  3. Megan says:

    Love. I remember the first time I saw Cindy Sherman – we talked about her in college in my freshman art class (the year…2000). I totally didn’t appreciate her. I thought it was silly. Now, I’m fascinated and I show all MY art students her work. GREAT POST! Wish I could see the exhibit

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