Sherman has positioned photography as one of the most important contemporary art forms, expanding on contemporary society's recurrent fascination with female appearance, narcissism, cults of celebrity, aspirational culture, and emotional fragility.
She is widely recognised as the most significant and influential artist to have emerged from the 'Pictures' generation in New York in the late 1970s and continues to influence a new generation of artists. By focusing on Sherman's work of the past 15 years, the exhibition offers an insight into the artist's transition to digital photography and growing confidence in using digital software to manipulate or embellish her images.
This exhibition will be the first in Australia of Cindy Sherman's large scale photographs made since 2000. Presenting photographs that feature Sherman dressed in a theatrical array of costumes, series from this period include 'Hollywood/Hampton types' (2000–02), 'Clowns' (2003–04), 'Society portraits' (2008), and 'Murals' (2010); as well as two series made in conjunction with fashion houses – Balenciaga (2007-08) and Chanel (2010-12). A significant multi-character mural will command the dramatic GOMA architecture.