About this artwork
Cindy Sherman’s staged photographs explore the pervasive effects of mass-media images on individual identities. Since the late 1970s, the artist has served as both photographer and model for a large cast of fictional personalities created primarily through costume, hair, makeup, and lighting. In 1981 she began a series of large color photographs that mimic the horizontal format of a magazine centerfold. Critiques of these glossy spreads, Sherman’s representations are fraught with anxiety, vulnerability, and longing. In Untitled #88, she depicted herself as a young, disheveled blonde girl; her fragility and isolation are underscored by her huddled body language and pensive stare. An imposing darkness surrounds her, except for the warm glow from what is most likely a fire, the only source of light in the picture. While the girl’s specific situation remains ambiguous, the photograph illustrates that, for Sherman, gender roles are performative.
- Currently Off View
- Cindy Sherman
- Untitled #88
- United States
- Chromogenic print; artist's proof number one of one
- 61 × 121.9 cm (24 × 48 in.)
- Gerald S. Elliott Fund in memory of Ann Elliott
- © Cindy Sherman. Courtesy Metro Pictures, New York.