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Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills, a series of 69 black-and-white photographs created between 1977 and 1980, is widely seen as one of the most original and influential achievements in recent art. Witty, provocative and searching, this lively catalogue of female roles inspired by the movies crystallizes widespread concerns in our culture, examining the ways we shape our personal identities and the role of the mass media in our lives.

Sherman began making these pictures in 1977 when she was 23 years old. The first six were an experiment: fan-magazine glimpses into the life (or roles) of an imaginary blond actress, played by Sherman herself. The photographs look like movie stills — or perhaps publicity pix — purporting to catch the blond bombshell in unguarded moments at home. The protagonist is shown preening in the kitchen and lounging in the bedroom. Onto something big, Sherman tried other characters in other roles: the chic starlet at her seaside hideaway, the luscious librarian, the domesticated sex kitten, the hot-blooded woman of the people, the ice-cold sophisticate and a can-can line of other stereotypes. She eventually completed the series in 1980. She stopped, she has explained, when she ran out of clichés.

Other artists had drawn upon popular culture but Sherman's strategy was new. For her the pop-culture image was not a subject (as it had been for Walker Evans) or raw material (as it had been for Andy Warhol) but a whole artistic vocabulary, ready-made. Her film stills look and function just like the real ones — those 8 x 10 glossies designed to lure us into a drama we find all the more compelling because we know it isn't real. In the Untitled Film Stills there are no Cleopatras, no ladies on trains, no women of a certain age. There are, of course, no men. The 69 solitary heroines map a particular constellation of fictional femininity that took hold in postwar America — the period of Sherman's youth and the starting point for our contemporary mythology. In finding a form for her own sensibility, Sherman touched a sensitive nerve in the culture at large. Although most of the characters are invented, we sense right away that we already know them. That twinge of instant recognition is what makes the series tick and it arises from Cindy Sherman's uncanny poise. There is no wink at the viewer, no open irony, no camp.

In 1995, The Museum of Modern Art purchased the series from the artist, preserving the work in its entirety. This book marks the first time that the complete series will be published as a unified work, with Sherman herself arranging the pictures in sequence.

Essays by Peter Galassi and Cindy Sherman.

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"She's good enough to be a real actress." Andy Warhol

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"The still must tease with the promise of a story the viewer of it itches to be told." Arthur Danto

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Witty, provocative and searching, this lively catalogue of female roles inspired by the movies crystallizes widespread concerns in our culture, examining the ways we shape our personal identities and the role of the mass media in our lives.

Synopsis:

Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills, a series of black-and-white photographs created between 1977 and 1980, is widely seen as one of the most original and influential achievements in recent art. Witty, provocative, and searching, this lively catalogue of female roles inspired by the movies touches a vital nerve in our culture. Sherman plays and stages all of the roles herself, with an acute eye for costume, setting, and pose — and with uncanny poise. As Andy Warhol said, "She's good enough to be a real actress."

In 1995 The Museum of Modern Art purchased the entire series from the artist, preserving the work in its entirety.

This book marks the first time that the entire series has been published as a unified work. Sherman has arranged the sequence of the pictures, and has written a personal essay about their making. To the original sixty-nine Film Stills she has also added a seventieth, from a roll of film that for some years was lost.

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The first publication of the complete series of Cindy Sherman's seminal 'Untitled Film Stills'.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780870705076
Author:
Sherman, Cindy
Publisher:
Museum of Modern Art
Location:
New York
Subject:
Individual Photographer
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Photography, Artistic
Subject:
Individual Photographers - General
Subject:
Photography-Photographers
Copyright:
Series Volume:
03-5
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
164
Dimensions:
10.82x9.74x.81 in. 2.58 lbs.

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Product details 164 pages Museum of Modern Art, New York the Museum of - English 9780870705076 Reviews:
"Review" by , "She's good enough to be a real actress."
"Review" by , "The still must tease with the promise of a story the viewer of it itches to be told."
"Synopsis" by , Witty, provocative and searching, this lively catalogue of female roles inspired by the movies crystallizes widespread concerns in our culture, examining the ways we shape our personal identities and the role of the mass media in our lives.
"Synopsis" by , Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills, a series of black-and-white photographs created between 1977 and 1980, is widely seen as one of the most original and influential achievements in recent art. Witty, provocative, and searching, this lively catalogue of female roles inspired by the movies touches a vital nerve in our culture. Sherman plays and stages all of the roles herself, with an acute eye for costume, setting, and pose — and with uncanny poise. As Andy Warhol said, "She's good enough to be a real actress."

In 1995 The Museum of Modern Art purchased the entire series from the artist, preserving the work in its entirety.

This book marks the first time that the entire series has been published as a unified work. Sherman has arranged the sequence of the pictures, and has written a personal essay about their making. To the original sixty-nine Film Stills she has also added a seventieth, from a roll of film that for some years was lost.

"Synopsis" by , The first publication of the complete series of Cindy Sherman's seminal 'Untitled Film Stills'.
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