– 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 […]

-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 […]

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 […]

Tuesday Links

September 23, 2008 | Comments Off on Tuesday Links

Some art-related links for Tuesday: Blake Gopnik, “Retail Imitates Art. Is This A Sincere Form Of Flattery?” (Washington Post) This column looks at the ways in which a advertising agency Newmark Knight Frank in NYC appropriated the visual code of Barbara Kruger to help sell retail space via advertisement. Gopnik raises the issue of ownership […]

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 […]

Eyes Wide Shut: First Look at Cindy

September 14, 2008 | Comments Off on Eyes Wide Shut: First Look at Cindy

~Joan Bowlen American society loves to be terrified. Nothing seems to get the public more excited than to continually consume books, movies, and interactive entertainment which instill a sense of fear and heart-pounding doom. One delights in the ability to partake of another’s terror, to throw oneself into another’s plight all the while secure in […]

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