Cindy Sherman, A Retrospective | The Dallas Museum of Art

Cindy Sherman, A Retrospective | The Dallas Museum of Art
Cindy Sherman

The Cindy Sherman exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art was extremely fascinating and interesting. I liked how she not only used the image content to convey her messages; she also cleverly used the size of the images to speak to us. The massive larger-than-life photos gave me the sense of her characters’ egos. I also found it very interesting how she was not only the photographer but also the model/character in all of her photos. With her talented use of make up, costumes, postures, expressions and digital manipulation she turned herself in many very unique personalities. What I found most striking about that was how each character look so different that it was very difficult if not impossible to identify the real Cindy Sherman each of them. By her taking on so many different characters so well it appears that she is trying to tell us that it is virtually impossible to see the real person beneath all the different facades people wear.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #466
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #466

The photo that struck me the most was Untitled #466. It’s an extremely large photo of Cindy Sherman dressed was what appears to be an aristocrat from Latin America, at least that is how I saw her. In the photo she is wearing a long fancy caftan with lots of jewelry and her hands and ears. She has her hair up in a bun, her pale face is layered with make up, her eyes are darkened with thick eye shadow and her eyebrows are painted on. The background looks very similar to a typical Spanish colonial home of a wealthy person.

Her pose in the photo also says a lot about her character in this photo. She stands there with an air of arrogance and pride. If this woman had been a real person she would have probably loved this portrait. I think it is the pose more than anything that makes this particular photo come alive.

I really like this one a lot because it reminded me people I actually knew and met during my years in Mexico. I remember how some of the very wealthy women tried to hide their aging so much with lots and lots of make up and cosmetic surgeries. They loved to show off their wealth by wearing very fancy clothes and lots of jewelry. I found those women grotesque in a way, I hated being around them. I hated being around their denial of aging. Instead of embracing old age and the wisdom that comes with it they tried to mask the inevitable. Cindy Sherman depicts that fact so well in her Untitled #466 photograph.

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