Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life
This magnificent book encompasses the full scope of Cindy Shermans career, with a special focus on the cinematic quality of her oeuvre. Known for slipping seamlessly behind the rotating masks of fairy tale characters, centerfold models, historical figures, and clowns, Cindy Sherman tackles popular tropes in her photographs and brilliantly dismantles the stereotypes surrounding the roles she embodies. Featuring illustrations that draw from the Broad collection, the worlds largest collection of Shermans photography, as well as other sources, this book traces Shermans most important works from 1977 to the present. Curator Philipp Kaiser, taking his cue from Shermans choice to title the book and exhibition after Douglas Sirks 1959 film Imitation of Life, analyzes Shermans work from the standpoint of cinema and traces how such a reading can impact the critical discourse around her photographs. The book also features a fascinating conversation between director Sofia Coppola and Cindy Sherman, which centers on Shermans use of filmic techniques to examine womens roles and identities across a wide array of popular representations. This generously illustrated volume offers readers an intriguing new perspective from which to understand one of todays most important photographers.