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Cindy Sherman Retrospective
Amanda Cruz
050027987X
November 1997
Paperback
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Entertainment Weekly
After a brief interval of bawdy Old Master reenactments--boom, the props took over: dolls' limbs pulled off, naughty bits mangled together pell-mell as if to say "take that, Jesse Helms." You might want to keep some of the provocative, unlovely stuff away from the kiddies, but it's certainly crude for thought. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist
Cindy Sherman has taken self-portraiture and masquerade to the highest heights and the campiest lows, bringing the shady ambience of B-movies to art photography while exploring the plexus of narcissism, from its silliest manifestations to its most provocative expressions. Sherman explores the implications of role-playing and fantasy, seeing and being seen, and...


The Complete Untitled Film Stills
Cindy Sherman
0870705075
August 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Sherman's provocative and much-discussed Untitled Film Stills series, created between 1977 and 1980, is collected for the first time in this 9.5" x 11.25" volume from MoMA, which purchased the entire set of 69 shots in 1995. Sherman's mysterious and perplexing "portraits" should not really be called "self," since Sherman appears solely in the guises of others, donning the clothing, wigs and makeup of various female '50s and '60s film "types" (the forgotten wife, the boozy hussy, the working girl, etc.) and elevating the art of playing dress-up to a whole new level. In her disarmingly honest introduction to the book, Sherman says of the European film stars like Simone Signoret, Sophia Loren or Jeanne Moreau, from whom she drew her inspiration, "What I was interested in was when they were almost expressionless," a...


Soldier's Duty
Thomas E. Ricks
0641519710

Hardcover
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The Essential Cindy Sherman
Catherine Morris
0810958082
Oct 1999
Hardcover
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Photograph as Contemporary Art
Charlotte Cotton
0500203806
November 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The first accessible guide to the key artists and uses of photography in contemporary art since the mid-1980s. An ideal introduction to this popular subject in contemporary culture, this highly readable book surveys work by more than 150 artist-photographers: Andreas Gursky, Nan Goldin, Philip-Lorca di Corcia, Richard Billingham, Jurgen Teller, Thomas Demand, Yinka Shonibare, Thomas Ruff, Jeff Wall, Wolfgang Tillmans, and many more. More than 200 examples of the most important works are illustrated. Themed chapters consider subjects such as narrative and storytelling in art photography, photographing the everyday and the insignificant, the use of photography in conceptual art, and the cool, detached, objective aesthetic prevalent in current art photography. 210 illustrations, 100 in color.

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In Real Life
Leslie Sills
0823414981
Oct 2000
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Sills's (Inspirations: Stories About Women Artists) eye-opening introduction to a half-dozen strong, often pioneering women photographers focuses on how their lives, experiences and imaginations influenced their work. At the beginning of the century, Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) staged deliberate and stylized compositions that proved photographs could not only record real life but also "be an artist's creation." (O'Keeffe fans can't help but notice the similarity between Cunningham's photograph Magnolia Blossom, 1925 and the painter's close-ups of flowers; the two artists were contemporaries.) Dorothea Lange's (1895-1965) photographs, on the other hand, were deemed "documentary." Her work chronicling Dust Bowl casualties and the plight of sharecroppers during the Depression precipitated government relief in the...


Inverted Odysseys: Claude Cahun, Maya Deren, Cindy Sherman
Shelley Rice (Editor)
0262681064
November 1999
Paperback
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From Library Journal
The three experimental artists examined here all use self-transformation, role playing, and societal commentary as devices to explore identity. Part critical essay and part exhibit catalog (Rice cocurated the show at New York University), this book spans the century through the three women's work, beginning with writer/photographer Cahun, moving ahead with midcentury filmmaker Deren, and closing with contemporary photographer Sherman. The enlightening contributions by well-known art critics and writers range from an academic discussion of lesbianism as a cultural determinate of Cahun's approach, to a diaristic examination of Deren, to a narrative role play exploring intent in Sherman's work. Also included is the full text of Cahun's farcical "Heroines," published here in its entirety for the first time....


Juergen Teller, Cindy Sherman, Marc Jacobs
Juergen Teller
0847828271
Jan 2005
Hardcover
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Cindy Sherman
Carole-Anne Tyler
2080305220
September 5, 2006
Hardcover
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Formless: A User's Guide
Yve Alain Bois
0942299442
October 1900
Paperback
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Book Description
Although it is more than sixty years since Georges Bataille undertook his philosophical development of the term informe, only in recent years has the idea of the "formless" been deployed in the theorizing and reconfiguring of twentieth-century art. In Formless: A User's Guide, Yve-Alain Bois and Rosalind Krauss present a rich and compelling panorama of the formless. They chart its persistence within a history of modernism that has always repressed it in the interest of privileging formal mastery, and they assess its destiny within current artistic production. In the domain of practice, they analyze it as an operational tool, the structural cunning of which has repeatedly been suppressed in the service of a thematics of art. Neither theme nor form, formless is, as Bataille himself expressed it, a "job."...


Early Work of Cindy Sherman
Cindy Sherman
0965402037
May 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
This volume contains two early photographic series--"Bus Riders" and "Murder Mystery People"--by Cindy Sherman, shot in 1976, soon after she graduated from art school. It is accompanied by a CD of found sound-based music by The Glove Compartment, aka Gian Carlo Feleppa.


Cindy Sherman: Working Girl
Cindy Sherman (Photographer)
0971219583
January 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
When curators at Saint Louisís Contemporary Art Museum asked Cindy Sherman whether there was a moment in her career whose resonance might be underappreciated, one around which she might like to develop an exhibit and a book, she selected her earliest adult creative years, beginning while she was still a student at Buffalo State College in the mid-1970s. Working Girl is full of rarely seen pieces, and it features, for the first time, documentation of and stills from Shermanís 1975 animated short Doll Clothes, which is among the pieces that bring Shermanís early exploration of gender and identity into focus. The mostly small-scale work, including many early black-and-white, hand-colored, and sepia-toned photographs, is culled primarily from the artistís family membersí collections and her own,...


Laurie Simmons
Laurie Simmons
0970909039
Oct 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
In a 1992 interview, Laurie Simmons stated that, in her first body of color works, she was "trying to recreate a feeling, a mood from the time I was growing up: a sense of the 50s that I knew was both beautiful and lethal at the same time." Reproduced here, her early series Interiors and Big Figures depict a post-World War II, 50s suburbia through plastic housewife and cowboy dolls placed in constructed interiors and manipulated exteriors. While the dolls provide a sense of play, the reality of the images they model is unavoidable. The female is pictured in the home, but she is alone, isolated, and vulnerable. The cowboy exudes the confidence and independence of a life of adventure, but he cannot escape the implied violence, racism, and paternalism that also characterize his ideal. Essay by Collier...


The Breast Book: An Intimate and Curious History
Maura Spiegel
0761121129
February 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Introducing the chunky, obsessive book of Breasts.

Using over 600 illustrations and photographs, The Breast Book is about changing social mores and attitudes, from classical Greek statuary to the Victorian corset to Twiggy to Pamela Lee. The Breast Book is about envy and etiquette, differences-why 90 percent of French women do not breastfeed, for example-and adornment, including make-up, tattooing, nipple rings, and more. Breasts is about politics, art, religion, kitsch, and burning the bra. About perceptions-90 percent of men prefer a size C over a D. About high art-whether the humanist breast in Renaissance painting or its feminist send-up by photographer Cindy Sherman-and pop art, from Vargas girls to World War II bomber mascots to Madonna. The Breast Book is about getting...


Close Reading: Chuck Close and the Art of the Self-Portrait
Martin L. Friedman
0810959208
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
"Inspiration is for amateurs," according to Chuck Close, one of the most influential and pioneering figurative painters of our time, because "waiting around to be hit on the head by a lightning bolt, you get nothing done.... Ideas flow out of the working process, out of what you have already done." Friedman, former director of the Walker Art Center and longtime friend of Close, offers revealing details of the artist's life including excerpts from personal conversations between the two (friends for nearly four decades), an examination of how Close perfected the technique for his epic-scale portraits and discussions with 10 distinguished artists (and Close subjects) including Jasper Johns, Franceso Clemente and Kiki Smith. Using accessible prose, Friedman offers personal glimpses into everything from the atmosphere...

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