Cindy @ MoMA

You’d think, given her obsessive self-involvement and makeovers, that Cindy Sherman would be more into fashion. But no, she sticks to her artistic roots, while the rest of us label her a muse and icon. On the rare occasion that she enters into a collaboration with the fashion world—Balenciaga, MAC, Marc Jacobs, Comme des Garçons—she’ll usually poke fun at it.

An upcoming retrospective at MoMA (opening February 26) will hopefully shed light on this and other paradoxical relationships. Bringing together more than 170 self-portraits, the exhibit traces Sherman’s career from the mid-1970s to the present. Key works include her early film series that took aim at the portrayal of women in cinema; her old-master series, in which she poses as aristocrats, clergymen, and milkmaids a la Vermeer; and her more recent society portraits that poke fun at how the wealthy handle aging (hint: not well).

Posted by: TAWD on February 6, 2012

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