– Peter Zimmerman While I can see the placement of identity as forefront and vital to the dialogue not only about Cindy Sherman but also that of portraiture in general, is there, potentially, something more that allows for the “Fairy Tales / Disasters” photographs to be seen as outside of the history of portraiture? I […]

-Peter Zimmerman So much time is spent discussing the role of photography in Sherrie Levine’s early work from the later 1970s/early 1980s; however, her movement into sculpture raises much of the same questions, but pushes the arguments even further. In photographic works like the “After Walk Evans” series or the President/Fashion portraits, Levine simultaneously presents […]

A Potential Third Dimension? Cindy Sherman In Between Modernism and Postmodernism

October 5, 2008 | Comments Off on A Potential Third Dimension? Cindy Sherman In Between Modernism and Postmodernism

by Peter Zimmerman The following essay is based on a reading of a 1981 feature by Andy Grundberg on the work of Cindy Sherman: Cindy Sherman: A Playful and Political Post-Modernist By Andy Grundberg Published  November 22, 1981 Grundberg, in opening his article on Cindy Sherman, presents a broad look at the history of Modernist […]

Photographic Analysis: “Untitled #72” (1980)

September 30, 2008 | Comments Off on Photographic Analysis: “Untitled #72” (1980)

Cindy Sherman, “Untitled #72” (1980) by Peter Zimmerman In 1980, Cindy Sherman chose to finish the Untitled Film Stills series, feeling that she had exhausted much of her subject material and had begun repeating herself. Because the photographs evoke such great nostalgia for the 1950s, mysterious European film stars, urban lifestyle, and stylized cinematic expanses, […]

Monday Quotables

September 29, 2008 | Comments Off on Monday Quotables

“Thus, if one of the major claims of modernist art theory was the insistence on the self-sufficiency and purity of the work of art, postmodern practice hinges on the assertion of contingency and the primacy of cultural codes. It follows that a significant proportion of postmodern art based on photographic usages is animated by a […]

Theme: The 20th Century American Art Photographic Canon

September 22, 2008 | Comments Off on Theme: The 20th Century American Art Photographic Canon

– Peter Zimmerman Sherrie Levine’s photography of the late 1970s/early 1980s focuses on the cultural impact of authenticity, the esteem placed on the unique nature of authorship and the technical mode of production implicit in the photographic medium. However, within these larger and more broad discussions are slightly more nuanced attacks on the status quo […]

The Liminal Space

September 19, 2008 | 1 Comment

– Peter In Victor Turner’s investigation of ritual practices among the Ndembu of Rhodesia (modern-day Zambia), he theorizes that ritual follows a specific sequence of events for a subject within an ideological and cultural structure. He utilizes Arnold van Gennep’s theory of the “ritual process” found in his article “The Rites of Passage,” which breaks […]

Body Language: The Presence and Absence of Cindy Sherman and Sherrie Levine, 1975-1987 Perhaps one of the most overlooked series in Cindy Sherman’s oeuvre is a photographic travelogue throughout her childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. Titled “A Cindy Book (c.1964-1975),” the collection brings together pictures from vacations, school activities (prom, sporting events, class photos, etc.), […]

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