Each of Sherman’s sixty-nine Untitled Film Stills (1977–80), presents a female heroine from a movie that feels familiar, as if we’ve seen it before. In this #21, we see the determined face of a young girl, setting out for her new career in a bustling metropolis. Sherman herself plays the role, dressing herself precisely to capture the familiarity of a scene we recognize, yet is undeniably novel. It is a fiction, but the truth of the piece peers through – questioning the role of femininity in postwar America – a period that defined Sherman as she grew up to become a definitive artist in contemporary culture.
Working with THE SKATEROOM, Sherman has released her work on the skateboard as a medium, and each of the 50 limited editions is hand-signed by Cindy Sherman.
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