Hot pink just rocks! This past Thursday morning, I listened to Maxwell Anderson— Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, Gabriel Ritter—The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, and Eva Respini—Associate Curator at MOMA articulate full disclosure on artist Cindy Sherman and her enlightening disposition, at the exhibition preview at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Ask for a character reference on Sherman, and you will become bemused with the utter array of eccentric characters that she has portrayed throughout her career. The exhibition, a huge success in New York is now exhibiting in Dallas replete with macabre and perplexing portraits of insidious characters that represent the very cultural identity of today’s pop culture.
The one-woman show, with 160 works on display, are organised in a non-chronological order by Ritter, who was hired last year—his first project, to curate the Dallas presentation of the nationally touring exhibition organised by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Sherman creates convincing fictional art, storytelling by manufacturing and manipulating the scene and imagery. To note: these works of art, yes photography, are not portraits of Cindy, they are portraits of the characters that she creates—depicting issues of aging, class, society and the macabre horror of reality. Moving from the use of prosthetics in her early works to utilising digital enhancements to accentuate facial expressions and features in her latest series of work.
Featured in the exhibition—Centerfolds, History Paintings, Society Ladies, Murals and Untitled Film Stills, which she created at the mere age of 23. This series includes 71 black and white stills, featuring characters created by Sherman as she plays the part of movie director and producer of her own film stills in this series of fictional film photos.
In full celebration the night prior, an illustrious list of art aficionados attend a private dinner at The Joule Hotel, sponsored by Headington Companies, and hosted by Stefano Tonchi, Editor in Chief of W Magazine, Maxwell Anderson, John Eagle and Deedie Rose (aka Mum, to lovely Lela Rose) in honor of their guest Cindy Sherman—who arrived flat-footed in hot pink Prada platforms from the spring 2013 collection.
The exhibition began March 17th and continues through June 9, 2013. For more scoop visit: DMA.
Photo: Carly Otness – Billy Farrell Agency.