Cindy Sherman. A Play of Selves
A look at the seminal work of this conceptual artist, who photographed her trademark performances and created dramatic narrative collages using the results.
Created in 1975, A Play of Selves is a visual tale of a young woman overwhelmed by her various, conflicting alter-egos and her final triumph over self-doubt. Acted out with sixteen separate characters, the seventy-two photographic assemblages mark Shermans earliest explorations of her trademark use of herself as the subject in staged photographs.
Sherman originally shot hundreds of photographs of herself costumed as the various characters in dozens of poses. After cutting out the individual images from black-and-white prints, she used an elaborately formulated, handwritten script to organize the images into the five-act play. The piece was first shown in 1975, in Buffalo, New York, where Sherman was a student.
Exhibition schedule: Metro Pictures, New York, November 11-December 16, 2006 SprüthMagers, London, Spring 2007