The Complete Untitled Film Stills by Cindy Sherman [FIRST EDITION] • M.O.M.A. NYC
The Complete Untitled Film Stills by Cindy Sherman
FIRST EDITION  MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, N.Y.
SECOND PRINTING / 2009
Beautiful art book [Book measures approx. 11" X 10"
Hardcover with dust jacket in excellent condition.
Dust jacket is excellent; like new with minor shelf wear.
Book itself is excellent; faint toning to pages. Otherwise as new.
Cindy Sherman's "Untitled Film Stills," a series of 69 black-and-white photographs created between 1977 and 1980, is widely seen as one of the most original and influential achievements in recent art. Witty, provocative and searching, this lively catalogue of female roles inspired by the movies crystallizes widespread concerns in our culture, examining the ways we shape our personal identities and the role of the mass media in our lives.
Sherman began making these pictures in 1977 when she was 23 years old. The first six were an experiment: fan-magazine glimpses into the life (or roles) of an imaginary blond actress, played by Sherman herself. The photographs look like movie stills--or perhaps publicity pix--purporting to catch the blond bombshell in unguarded moments at home. The protagonist is shown preening in the kitchen and lounging in the bedroom. Onto something big, Sherman tried other characters in other roles: the chic starlet at her seaside hideaway, the luscious librarian, the domesticated sex kitten, the hot-blooded woman of the people, the ice-cold sophisticate and a can-can line of other stereotypes. She eventually completed the series in 1980. She stopped, she has explained, when she ran out of clichés.