Cindy Sherman: Anti-Fashion
Alessandra Nappo, Hanne Loreck, Katharina Massing
Staatsgalerie, Deichtorhallen, FOMU & Sandstein Verlag, 2023
For almost 50 years, the theme of fashion has been a constant in the work of US artist Cindy Sherman. The exhibition Cindy Sherman – Anti-Fashion is the first to focus on this close engagement with fashion and approaches her photographic oeuvre from a new perspective. In so doing, it sheds light on the interplay between art and fashion. For Sherman uses her numerous commissions from magazines and her collaborations with renowned designers as a constant source of artistic inspiration. The exhibition reveals the subject of fashion as the starting point for the artist’s critical investigation of gender, stereotypes, and our attitude to aging. The wide range of Sherman’s assumed characters highlights the artificiality and changeability of identity, which – now more than ever – is shown to be selectable, (self-)constructed, and fluid.