First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the title page by Sherman. Hardcover. Fine gray cloth-covered boards, with title stamped in orange on cover and spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Cindy Sherman. Essays by Eva Respini and Johanna Burton. Interview with the artist by John Waters. Includes a list of plates, selected exhibition history, selected bibliography and an index. Designed by Beverly Joel, pulp, ink. 264 pp., with 153 four-color and 102 duotone reproductions. Printed in Italy by Trifolio SRL using its new AREAW4 printing process--which yields especially vibrant blues, purples, yellows, and oranges, not possible in conventional offset printing--the book reproduces the artist's work with astonishing color fidelity. 12-1/4 x 9-3/4 inches. Published on the occasion of a major retrospective exhibition at The Musuem of Modern Art, New York, which is traveling to other venues.
CONDITION: New in publisher's shrink-wrap (slit open for signature).
In thinking about the Film Stills by Cindy Sherman, one should take a page from her own book, and simply stop talking about her photographs. Early on and continually, Sherman categorically refused to talk about her work, and I believe she is as surprised as anyone that her work generated so many words, words, words. The stills are perhaps meant to be iconic moments in which women's roles have been played out on screen. They might contain a feminist polemic, they might not. Now that they've been around for so long, they serve as a marker for the naivete of the photographic image in 1978, when the act of "acting" for the camera appeared to be a political act of mystery and elegance. And the question of whether these were "self portraits" or "portraits of self" has fueled the work of so many art students for the last twenty-five years.
From the publisher: "Published to accompany the first major survey of Cindy Sherman's work in the United States in nearly 15 years, this publication presents a stunning range of work from the groundbreaking artist's 35-year career. Showcasing approximately 180 photographs from the mid-1970s to the present, including new works made for the exhibition and never before published, the volume is a vivid exploration of Sherman's sustained investigation into the construction of contemporary identity and the nature of representation. The book highlights major bodies of work including her seminal Untitled Film Stills (1977-80); centerfolds (1981); history portraits (1989-90); head shots (2000-2002); and two recent series on the experience and representation of aging in the context of contemporary obsessions with youth and status. An essay by curator Eva Respini provides an overview of Sherman's career, weaving together art historical analysis and discussions of the artist's working methods, and a contribution by art historian Johanna Burton offers a critical re-examination of Sherman's work in light of her recent series. A conversation between Cindy Sherman and filmmaker John Waters provides an enlightening view into the creative process. Cindy Sherman (born 1954) is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential artists in contemporary art. To create her photographs, she assumes multiple roles of photographer, model, makeup artist, hairdresser and stylist. With an arsenal of wigs, costumes, makeup, prosthetics and props, the artist has altered her physique and surroundings to create myriad tableaux, from screen siren to clown to aging socialite. Over the past 35 years, Sherman has sustained a provocative investigation into the nature of identity, drawn from movies, television, magazines, the Internet and art history. Sherman lives and works in New York City."