A joint exhibition of Cindy Sherman’s History Portraits (1988 – 1990) and David Salle’s Tapestry Paintings (1989 – 1991) opens this September to inaugurate the new London gallery on Bennet Street, St James’s. Coinciding with Frieze Masters, the exhibition of these historical series will provide a renewed perspective in which to consider the significance of the artists’ earlier works and their influence on subsequent generations of painters and photographers.
Dominant figures in contemporary art, both Cindy Sherman and David Salle were key figures in the influential ‘Pictures Generation’ art movement of the mid 1970s and 80s in New York. Emerging onto the art scene during this media-dominated era, both Sherman and Salle, like many of their contemporaries, drew upon existing imagery as inspiration for their own richly layered work.
David Salle’s Tapestry Paintings are a pastiche on sixteenth and seventeenth-century Italian and Dutch genre styles. Also overt in their stylistic references, Cindy Sherman’s History Portraits take their inspiration from noble historical paintings from the renaissance, baroque, rococo and neo-classical periods.
Cindy Sherman and David Salle: History Portraits and Tapestry Paintings is at Skarstedt, London, from 1st October – 26th November 2016, www.skarstedt.com