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Contemporary photography confronting stereotypes and cultural clichés, with an eye to society's representation of women and the cult of celebrity.

 

The City Gallery is hosting a mammoth solo exhibition of New York-based photographer Cindy Sherman, widely considered to be one of the most influential artists working today. Her works of contemporary photography confront stereotypes and cultural clichés, with an eye to society's representation of women and the cult of celebrity. Her complex character studies have had considerable impact on contemporary photography, challenging norms around the art form throughout her 40-year career.

It's her first New Zealand solo in 25 years. The body of the exhibition will be comprised of 50 large-scale photographs created since 2000, including images from her collaborations with the houses of Balenciage (2007-8) and Chanel (2010-2013). Her iconic "Head Shots"(2000-02), 'Clowns' (2003-04) and 'Society Portraits' (2008) collections will also be present. Her most recent series will be showcased in a large scale, site-specific mural alongside other images, which reference old Hollywood glamour.

Alongside these large-scale works, Sherman's found photographs, albums and scrapbooks give an insight into her trawling through the collective image bank of culture in order to look at how people have presented themselves with photography throughout time.

Published on November 23, 2016 by Lauren Harrigan

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