Discussing in detail each of the influential photographer's works from "Untitled Film Stills" through "Sex Pictures," with numerous reproductions in both black and white and color, this remains one of the most important and comprehesive studies of Sherman's career. Cindy Sherman is unquestionably one of the most significant artists working today. Her career and her art embody two of the most important developments in art of the last decade: the impact of postmodern thinking on the art world and the rise of photography and its mass-media techniques as a powerful means of expression for fine artists. In this first presentation of the artist's complete work, leading contemporary art historian Rosalind Krauss reviews Cindy Sherman's remarkable series of photographic works - in which the artist has notoriously assumed various roles, from B-movie starlet to Old Master model - and the enormous influence these works have had on feminist thinking and on current dialogues about the strategies of contemporary art in general. Almost perversely, Krauss argues, Sherman's unsettling attempts to dissect the formation and perception of images have turned her artworks - and herself - into icons for feminists' and others' agendas. Krauss explores in depth the various approaches to Sherman's work taken by philosophers and art historians and asks if they have not often lost sight of the imagery itself - or, more specifically, the way the images are constructed. Examining Sherman's use of photographic techniques, from camera angles (the famed Centerfolds series, for example) to specific styles of lighting. Sherman's most recent, horror-show images of mannequins (known as the Sex Picture) and identifies their place in her continued out-of-body investigations. bibliography and chronology, 200 + illustrations (140 in color),numerous unpublished works, represents Sherman's complete career to date.
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Krauss provides a provocative study of Sherman's impact as an artist and the pervasiveness of photography itself. The reproductions, many in color, are abundant, splendidly executed, and often as potent and startling as the originals. Sherman, one of the true masters of contemporary photography, is best known for photographing herself in various incarnations. The subject, however, is not the artist as much as the concept of woman-as-spectacle. Columbia professor Krauss, the author of several important books and essays on art in photography and editor of October magazine, suggests that by unveiling the offhanded, everyday grotesqueness in artistic depictions of females, Sherman effectively subverts the accepted convention of woman as generic, nonmale object to be gazed upon. The artist examines and expresses her disgust by utilizing the very thing that is disgusting, exemplifying tradition as protest. Each period of Sherman's work, from the early Untitled Film Stills to the more recent History Portraits and Sex Pictures, is discussed here in detail through a rubric of theories by Lacan, Freud, and Derrida; nonetheless, the text is surprisingly accessible, lucid, and free of technical jargon. This first sagacious and comprehensive book on this significant artist is recommended for all contemporary art and photography collections. --Douglas McClemont, New York
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Descrizione libro Rizzoli, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110847817563
Descrizione libro Rizzoli. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0847817563 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW7.1383388
Descrizione libro Rizzoli, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Edition. Signed and Inscribed by Cindy Sherman. Signed by Author(s). Codice libro della libreria 170