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Cindy Sherman Show at SFMOMA
This was originally posted on SFGate by The San Francisco Chronicle's art critic Kenneth Baker.
For six months in 2011, Cindy Sherman held the distinction of having made the priciest photograph ever sold at auction. It fetched $3,890,500. Two years before that, an exhibition titled "The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984" at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art certified Sherman as the pre-eminent artist in a cohort that includes David Salle, Robert Longo, Richard Prince and Sherrie Levine.
This year, the Museum of Modern Art in New York installed Sherman's electrifying career retrospective, making hers the most recognized female name - and least recognized face, because disguise is her metier - in the contemporary art world.
And currently, "Cindy Sherman" is at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and will run through Oct. 8.
Sherman, 58, was born in New Jersey and, barely out of Buffalo State University, first got noticed in New York for her late '70s black-and-white "Untitled Film Stills." In them, she posed, bewigged and costumed, assuming the roles of actresses in hypothetical B movies. Today, those modest pictures look like classics, though they faintly foreshadow the extremes to which Sherman would take the invention of characters in full color for her camera.
Read more for an interview with Sherman.