Without doubt, Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills series, 1977-80, has entered into the canon of late 20th century masterworks. Sherman’s series, featuring a female protagonist, located within a variety of carefully constructed mise-en-scènes, tapped into a number of key theoretical attitudes informing the post-modern period. In Sherman’s self-directed images, ideas from pop-culture, feminism, psychoanalytic theory and art history were brought together to produce visual vignettes that had the instant appeal of a classic; probably because they emerged from already confirmed classics and fine art archetypes.
Juliana Engberg is a curator, writer, publisher and designer, she is the Artistic Director of ACCA and was the Artistic Director of the 19th Biennale of Sydney, 2014.
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