Here are some installation shots, I snuck with my camera phone.
finally saw the Cindy Sherman retrospective at the DMA this week and although it was neat seeing her newer large scale photographs, what I really loved seeing was the Untitled Film Stills series in its entirety.
Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #58, 1980
Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #3, 1977
Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still # 63, 1980
Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #59, 1977
Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #62, 1977
This week in… Instagram
1. I attended my first Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Auction. It was exciting and eye-opening. 2. I spotted this ArtForum Cake as Pie billboard off the Highline. 3. I studied. alot. (I have read more this month than I have my entire life which is saying something considering I grew up next to a library.) 4. I went to the Aperture Gallery Richard Misrach book opening & heard him speak. Check out his new book here.
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This week in…Links.
I read about the ‘untapped secrets’ of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was surprised at the spots I still have never found. I am happy for 365 Lucky Days for finishing her year long quest of embroidering every. single. day. I loved the Ask a Curator day hosted on Twitter. This photograph of Cindy Sherman “out in the wild” is just perfect. I read Ayn Rand’s Theory of Art here. I too wondered what happens when Photography becomes a commodity I thought this list of 100 Most Influential Photographers was clearly biased and created by a Brit. I am really enjoying Hyperallergic’s weekly art comic strip. & finally this video of animated comparisons between New York and Paris made me giggle and fondly remember my first trip to Paris.
I close my eyes and I think of the canon. The canon are the photographers I draw on in times of doubt. They give me comfort, solace and inspiration. They include Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber, Lee Friedlander, Sally Mann, Corrine Day, Glen Luchford, Erwin Blumenfeld, Harry Callahan and, in this case, Irving Penn. I close my eyes and I go through the rolodex in my head thinking of them all until I find the one that instinctively feels like the inspirational match for the task at hand. That’s not to say I set about slavishly ripping them off. I use them as my starting point, my jumping off point. They are my photographic moral compass. -Chris Floyd from Cleaning Living Under Difficult Circumstances
This excerpt really got me thinking about my rolodex of inspiration which lead me to today’s post..
Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #48 1979 seework.
Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Untitled 1960 seemorework.
Garry Winogrand, Untitled [3 figures], 1960 readmore.
Rene Burri, Shadow of a Tree, 1963 readmore.
Joel Sternfeld, Washington D.C., August 1974 seemorework.
Tina Barney, Mr. and Mrs. Castelli 1988 readmore.
William Eggleston, Memphis (Tricycle) 1969 Artistwebsite.
whats in ya’lls rolodex of inspiration?
Bruce Davidson’s photo book Subways, purchase here.
Rinko Kawauchi’s Illuminance, purchase here
Robert Adams, Summer Nights, Walking purchase here
Cindy Sherman by Eva Respini, the Retrospective Catalogue for her show at MoMA. Purchase here
The dreariness outside makes me daydream about all the beautiful photography books I wish I could be reading today. But since I don’t have any of these books, I have spent the majority of my morning fascinated by Anish Kapoor’s Leviathan at the Grand Palais Paris last year. More photographs here.
Cindy Sherman + M·A·C is by far my favorite artist/product collaboration (sorry BMW/Jeff Koons.) Not only are the portraits she made for the campaign so, well Cindy Sherman, but the colors are wonderfully loud, the photographs hilariously satirical, and the company’s ultimate message, for me happily received! Most artist-product collaborations feel like the artist is selling out, but in this case it just feels right. I think it’s because Sherman doesn’t hold back in her cruelty and has spent all of her photographic career disguised as somethingelse.
the entire collection is at MAC from september 29- october 27.