-Joan Bowlen The portrait has consistently been a source of political, social, and emotional power throughout art history.  The towering trompe d’oils that littered halls and council rooms of the social elite perpetuated a sense of the sitter’s wealth at being able to commission such a display of material wealth and the generational collection of […]

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, […]

Photographic Analysis: “Untitled (President: 4)” (1979)

September 29, 2008 | Comments Off on Photographic Analysis: “Untitled (President: 4)” (1979)

 Sherrie Levine. “Untitled (President: 4)”, 1979. -Joan Bowlen As an example of Sherrie Levine’s work concerning questions of mass media and its role in the formation of stereotypes and a commodified culture, this 1979 collage cut-out provides a look into Levine’s early articulation of these concepts concerning artistic representation.  Using mass-produced images ripped from commercial […]