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08
Sep
14

Exhibition: ‘Cindy Sherman – Untitled Horrors’ at Kunsthaus Zürich

Exhibition dates: 6th June – 4th September 2014

Curator: Mirjam Varadinis

 

 

Installation view of 'Cindy Sherman - Untitled Horrors' at Kunsthaus Zürich

 

Installation view of Cindy Sherman – Untitled Horrors at Kunsthaus Zürich
Photo: Lena Huber

 

 

I remember some time in the dim distant past when Cindy Sherman’s photographs actually had relevance and were important in and of themselves… but perhaps my memory is playing tricks with me. Memory is a strange thing for we remember only fragments of fragments, like an echo chamber, a distant echo of something (the construction of identity and gender) that was once cutting edge, now overtaken by reality itself – on the red carpet, in the cosmetic surgery offices, in the media mags. Once there may have been an original, an original Cindy Sherman, an original idea, but now there just seems to be pastiche after pastiche of a Sherman nobody is sure ever really existed.

There are certainly some horrors among this posting, images that I wish I had never seen, and never really wish to see again. As the amount of ‘Untitled’ works rises (untitled is such a cop out!) the numbers, and the body count, become irrelevant. The early work, through the 80s to the early 90s, had important things to say but now the artist formally known as Sherman is earth mother goddess to all, and ancestral trickster to many. Enough please!

Dr Marcus Bunyan

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Many thankx to the Kunsthaus Zürich for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

 

 

Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled #93' 1981

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #93
1981
Chromogenic colour print
61 × 121.9cm
Astrup Fearnley Collection, Oslo
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

Cindy Sherman. Untitled #122 1983

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #122
1983
Chromogenic colour print
89.5 × 54cm
Vanmoerkerke Collection, Belgium
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled #129' 1983

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #129
1983
Chromogenic colour print
89.7 × 59.3cm
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, Donation: The New Carlsberg Foundation
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled #146' 1985

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #146
1985
Chromogenic colour print
184.2 × 125.4cm
Skarstedt Gallery, New York
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled #153' 1985

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #153
1985
Chromogenic colour print
170.8 × 125.7cm
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled #170' 1987

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #170
1987
Chromogenic colour print
179.1 x 120.7cm
Collection Metro Pictures, New York
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled #216' 1989

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #216
1989
Chromogenic colour print
221.3 × 142.5cm
Astrup Fearnley Collection, Oslo
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

 

From 6 June to 14 September 2014, the Kunsthaus Zürich plays host to a major retrospective featuring American artist Cindy Sherman (b. 1954). Sherman is one of the leading exponents of staged photography. In her work she deals with issues of identity, (gender) roles and physicality, almost always using herself as the model. Cindy Sherman’s earliest works were created in 1975. Preceding the celebrated ‘Untitled Film Stills’ (1977-1980), these photographs were produced at home using an external shutter release, yet they were already concerned with the issues of identity and role play that are central to her oeuvre. The exhibition Cindy Sherman – Untitled Horrors includes a selection of these early and rarely shown works as well as her latest pieces, some of them monumental and covering entire walls. Sherman references the techniques and forms of advertising, cinema and classical painting.

THE THREATENING HEART OF UNTITLED HORRORS

The principal focus of the overview, which has been compiled by the Kunsthaus together with the artist, is the threatening and grotesque. The retrospective’s subtitle, ‘Untitled Horrors’, is partly a reference to the exhibition’s content, but also a play on the fact that Cindy Sherman invariably labels her photos ‘Untitled’. She leaves it to the viewer to read the pictures in their own way, inviting them to develop the stories behind them as they see fit, and come up with their own titles.

110 WORKS IN TOTAL

The presentation includes all the key works from the various phases of Cindy Sherman’s artistic career. Iconic pieces from the early period, such as the famous ‘Untitled Film Stills’ series, reminiscent of Italian Neo-Realism and American film noir, appear alongside the later photographs of ‘Hollywood / Hampton Types’ (2000-2002), while the ‘Clowns’ (2003-2004) encounter the ‘Sex Pictures’ series from 1992. These juxtapositions reveal the remarkable consistency with which, throughout her long career, the artist has engaged with fundamental issues of human existence and repeatedly explored new avenues of formal expression. Curated by Mirjam Varadinis and created in association with the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, the 110-work presentation dispenses with a linear or chronological approach, choosing instead to create unexpected combinations that shed new light on the oeuvre of this important artist and her exploration of the self through film and photography.

Text from the Kunsthaus Zürich website

 

Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled #235' 1987-1991

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #235
1987-1991
Chromogenic colour print
228.6 × 152.4cm
Private collection, courtesy Segalot LP, New York
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled #304' 1994

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #304
1994
Chromogenic colour print
154.9 × 104.1cm
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled #324' 1996

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #324
1996
Chromogenic colour print
146.7 × 99.1cm
Collection Metro Pictures & Skarstedt Gallery
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled #348' 1999

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #348
1999
Gelatin silver print
97.8 × 66cm
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled #352' 2000

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #352
2000
Chromogenic colour print
68.6 × 45.7cm
Collection Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled #363 (Bus Riders I)' 1976/2000

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #363 (Bus Riders I)
1976/2000
Gelatin silver print
18.9 x 12.7cm
Tate; purchased with funds provided by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, 2001
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled #420' 2004

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #420
2004
Chromogenic colour print (2-teilig)
Each: 182.4 × 115.8cm
Astrup Fearnley Collection, Oslo
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled #458' 2007-2008

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #458
2007-2008
Chromogenic colour print
195 × 147cm
Astrup Fearnley Collection, Oslo
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled #544' 2010 / 2012

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #544
2010 / 2012
Chromogenic colour print
172.7 × 254cm
Astrup Fearnley Collection, Oslo
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled #549-C' 2010

 

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Untitled #549-C
2010
Pigment / print on PhotoTex, adhesive fabric,
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
© Cindy Sherman

 

 

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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, a photographic archive and form of cultural memory, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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