Robert Demachy vs. Sherrie Levine

February 2, 2009 | Comments Off on Robert Demachy vs. Sherrie Levine

by Peter Zimmerman I came across this passage by Robert Demachy while reading for the modern/contemporary photography seminar Joan and I are auditing at VCU. It is from 1907, so while the difference in years may seem to bar any real connection to postmodernism, I found it interesting how similar one of his assertions was […]

Sherrie Levine: So What?

January 24, 2009 | Comments Off on Sherrie Levine: So What?

by Peter Zimmerman “This in turn suggests that art practices predicated on the production of signature styles rather than constantly modified interventions may be especially vulnerable to neutralization of their purported critique. The history of postmodernist photography overall would appear to confirm this analysis. As various theorists have argued, a position of resistance can never […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.), […]