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Artist Cindy Sherman Born 1954 Glen Ridge NJ and raised in suburban Long Island School Earned a BA Degree in 1976 Buffalo State University of NY where she initially studied painting She failed the requisite introductory photography course because of her difficulties with the technological aspects of making a print She credits her next photography teacher with introducing her to conceptual art which she says had a liberating effect on her Graduated in 1977 and moved to NY Exhibit First survey exhibition of her work the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 1982 followed by a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art NY 1987 The complete series Film Stills was first exhibited at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC 1995 Lives and works in NY Film Stills Series of black and white photographs created from 1977 to 1980 series of 69 includes 7 color works ranging in date from 1980 to 1992 Many taken in Shermans apartment she plays every role herself although they are not self-portraits She does not reveal herself but shows the many masks of femininity She says she is trying to make people recognize something Sherman impersonates various female character types from old B movies and film Noir spoke to a generation of baby boomers women who had grown up absorbing those glamorous images at home on their televisions taking such portrayals as cues for the future She used photography to challenge the images and myths of popular culture and mass media Her images explore the relationship between posing and the self Images show her in 50s garb as housewife glamour girl etc and explore the various
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