Cindy Sherman Unveils Groundbreaking New Series

Renowned artist Cindy Sherman captivates with her latest series, exploring identity through digital manipulation. Visit her exhibition at PHOTO ELYSEE in Lausanne.

Renowned American artist Cindy Sherman has once again captivated the art world with her latest body of work, challenging conventions and delving deep into the intricacies of representation and identity. With a career spanning over four decades, Sherman has consistently pushed boundaries, and her newest series promises to be no exception.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #659, 2023 © Cindy Sherman Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

In this groundbreaking collection, Sherman ventures into uncharted territory, employing digital manipulation to construct a diverse array of characters using parts of her own face. The focus of the series lies solely on the visage, stripping away any scenic backdrops or props, thereby placing a spotlight on the complexities of the human face.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #631, 2010-2023 © Cindy Sherman Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Utilizing a combination of digital collaging techniques and traditional methods such as makeup, wigs, and costumes, Sherman creates a cast of unsettling characters who exhibit a range of emotions and expressions. Through meticulous layering and manipulation, she constructs, deconstructs, and reconstructs faces, blurring the lines between reality and illusion.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #648, 2023 © Cindy Sherman, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

One of the most striking aspects of Sherman’s process is her dual role as both photographer and model. By embodying her subjects, she challenges the traditional power dynamics inherent in portraiture, offering a unique perspective on the relationship between artist and subject.

Each portrait in the series is a composite of Sherman’s own features, meticulously rearranged to create distinct personas. Despite the layers of digital manipulation, the images retain a sense of classical portraiture, offering viewers a glimpse into the rich inner worlds of Sherman’s imagined characters.

Sherman’s creative process involves subtle alterations that significantly impact the overall impression of each portrait. From the positioning of props to the manipulation of facial features, every detail is carefully crafted to evoke a specific mood or narrative.

The use of digital manipulation in Sherman’s work harks back to her earlier explorations of identity through prosthetics and theatrical effects. By incorporating these techniques into her latest series, she further accentuates the tensions between identity and artifice, inviting viewers to question the nature of self-representation in the digital age.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #627, 2010-2023 © Cindy Sherman Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Born in 1954, Cindy Sherman rose to prominence in the late 1970s as part of the Pictures Generation movement. Since then, she has continued to push the boundaries of contemporary art, garnering acclaim for her thought-provoking explorations of identity and representation.

Sherman’s work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship and the prestigious Hasselblad Award. Her influence extends far beyond the art world, with major retrospectives held at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Portrait Gallery in London.

With her latest series, Cindy Sherman reaffirms her status as one of the most important artists of her generation, pushing the boundaries of art and challenging viewers to reconsider their perceptions of identity in an increasingly digital world.

Cindy Sherman
Exhibition: 29 Mar – 4 Aug 2024

Place de la Gare 17 1003 Lausanne
Wed-Mon 10-18, Thu 10-20
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