Video production: Carolin Röckelein/Soundtrack and voiceover: Erin Lang

 

In her latest body of work, Sherman continues her long-standing investigation into identity as a social construction.

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #612, 2019
Dye sublimation print
167.6 × 254 cm
66 × 100 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #612, 2019
Dye sublimation print
167.6 × 254 cm
66 × 100 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #612, 2019
Dye sublimation print
167.6 × 254 cm
66 × 100 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #612, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #612, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #612, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #612, 2019 (detail)

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In the ten large-scale photographs on view, the artist impersonates a cast of androgynous characters, all dressed in elegant, gender-neutral designer menswear. With direct eye contact and steely gazes, the figures pose in front of digitally manipulated backgrounds, composed from photographs Sherman took while traveling through Bavaria, Shanghai and England.

 

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, November 20, 2020–February 13, 2021, Photo: Ingo Kniest

 

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #602, 2019
Dye sublimation metal print
193.7 × 222.3 cm
76 1/4 × 87 1/2 inches

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Since the 1970s, her works have addressed topics such as identity, gender and social roles, examining stereotypical media representations of women. By adopting a multitude of disguises and personae, the artist invites the viewer to take a critical stance on subjectivity and sexuality.

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Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #602, 2019
Dye sublimation metal print
193.7 × 222.3 cm
76 1/4 × 87 1/2 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #602, 2019
Dye sublimation metal print
193.7 × 222.3 cm
76 1/4 × 87 1/2 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #602, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #602, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

<p><strong>Cindy Sherman</strong><br />
<em>Untitled #602</em>, 2019 (detail)</p>

<p><strong>Cindy Sherman</strong><br />
<em>Untitled #602</em>, 2019 (detail)</p>

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Since the 1970s, her works have addressed topics such as identity, gender and social roles, examining stereotypical media representations of women. By adopting a multitude of disguises and personae, the artist invites the viewer to take a critical stance on subjectivity and sexuality.

The performative stance of each character is emphasized by their extravagant outfits, resulting in an almost stage-like, theatrical impression. Untitled #614, for example, depicts a man posing confidently before a tree-lined avenue. His posture and attire—silk trousers with flowers and an embroidered cape—radiates both confidence and femininity, thus challenging stereotypical contemporary perceptions of gender.

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #614, 2019
Dye sublimation print
231.1 × 231.1 cm
91 × 91 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #614, 2019
Dye sublimation print
231.1 × 231.1 cm
91 × 91 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #614, 2019
Dye sublimation print
231.1 × 231.1 cm
91 × 91 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #614, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #614, 2019 (detail)

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The performative stance of each character is emphasized by their extravagant outfits, resulting in an almost stage-like, theatrical impression. Untitled #614, for example, depicts a man posing confidently before a tree-lined avenue. His posture and attire—silk trousers with flowers and an embroidered cape—radiates both confidence and femininity, thus challenging stereotypical contemporary perceptions of gender.

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #603, 2019
Dye sublimation metal print
215.3 × 195.6 cm
84 3/4 × 77 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #603, 2019
Dye sublimation metal print
215.3 × 195.6 cm
84 3/4 × 77 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #603, 2019
Dye sublimation metal print
215.3 × 195.6 cm
84 3/4 × 77 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #603, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #603, 2019 (detail)

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Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #610, 2019
Dye sublimation print
189.2 × 228.6 cm
74 1/2 × 90 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #610, 2019
Dye sublimation print
189.2 × 228.6 cm
74 1/2 × 90 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #610, 2019
Dye sublimation print
189.2 × 228.6 cm
74 1/2 × 90 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #610, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #610, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #610, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #610, 2019 (detail)

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Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #618, 2019
Dye sublimation print
174 × 209.6 cm
68 1/2 × 82 1/2 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #618, 2019
Dye sublimation print
174 × 209.6 cm
68 1/2 × 82 1/2 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #618, 2019
Dye sublimation print
174 × 209.6 cm
68 1/2 × 82 1/2 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #618, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #618, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #618, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #618, 2019 (detail)

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Each new work presents either an individual figure or a couple, with a consistent focus on Sherman’s characters that read as male. The female characters—recognizable only from accessories or subtle changes to the artist’s hair and makeup—often serve as secondary figures, providing a contrast to their partners that highlights our innate desire to assign genders to those we encounter.

 

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #615, 2019
Dye sublimation print
177.8 × 216.5 cm
70 × 85 1/4 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #615, 2019
Dye sublimation print
177.8 × 216.5 cm
70 × 85 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #615, 2019
Dye sublimation print
177.8 × 216.5 cm
70 × 85 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #615, 2019

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #615, 2019

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #615, 2019

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #615, 2019

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For the couple featured in Untitled #609, the artist used the same wig and makeup for each character, through to their facial hair. Gender here is thus only attributable superficially based on the figures’ conventional accessories: hat, earrings and purse.

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #609, 2019
Dye sublimation print
158.8 × 231.8 cm
62 1/2 × 91 1/4 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #609, 2019
Dye sublimation print
158.8 × 231.8 cm
62 1/2 × 91 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #609, 2019
Dye sublimation print
158.8 × 231.8 cm
62 1/2 × 91 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #609, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #609, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #609, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #609, 2019 (detail)

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For the couple featured in Untitled #609, the artist used the same wig and makeup for each character, through to their facial hair. Gender here is thus only attributable superficially based on the figures’ conventional accessories: hat, earrings and purse.

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #442, 1976/2005
B/W photograph
19 × 12.7 cm
7 1/2 × 5 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #379, 1976/2000
B/W photograph
19.1 × 12.7 cm
7 1/2 × 5 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled (Doctor and Nurse) (diptych), 1980
Gelatin silver prints on semi-gloss double weight photo paper
19.5 x 14.4 cm
7,66 x 5,66 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #196, 1989
Color coupler print in artist’s frame
170.2 × 111.8 cm
67 × 44 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #416, 2004
Color photograph
142.2 × 124 cm
57 1/2 × 50 1/4 inches

Since her earliest works, Sherman has played with masculinity and gender expression. In Bus Riders and Murder Mystery, two series from 1976, she impersonates both men and women of different age, color and social status, using elaborate disguises to hide her individuality behind stereotypical character representations. In the diptych Doctor and Nurse (1980–87), Sherman stages herself in a clichéd depiction of a 1950s male doctor and female nurse; and her mise-en-scène as clergymen and aristocrats in History Portraits (1988–90) comments critically on the male-dominated nature of European art history. Finally, the notion of gender is eliminated entirely in her more recent Clown series (2004) by means of thick layers of face paint and shapeless costumes.

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Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #442, 1976/2005
B/W photograph
19 × 12.7 cm
7 1/2 × 5 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #379, 1976/2000
B/W photograph
19.1 × 12.7 cm
7 1/2 × 5 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled (Doctor and Nurse) (diptych), 1980
Gelatin silver prints on semi-gloss double weight photo paper
19.5 x 14.4 cm
7,66 x 5,66 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #196, 1989
Color coupler print in artist’s frame
170.2 × 111.8 cm
67 × 44 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #416, 2004
Color photograph
142.2 × 124 cm
57 1/2 × 50 1/4 inches

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Since her earliest works, Sherman has played with masculinity and gender expression. In Bus Riders and Murder Mystery, two series from 1976, she impersonates both men and women of different age, color and social status, using elaborate disguises to hide her individuality behind stereotypical character representations. In the diptych Doctor and Nurse (1980–87), Sherman stages herself in a clichéd depiction of a 1950s male doctor and female nurse; and her mise-en-scène as clergymen and aristocrats in History Portraits (1988–90) comments critically on the male-dominated nature of European art history. Finally, the notion of gender is eliminated entirely in her more recent Clown series (2004) by means of thick layers of face paint and shapeless costumes.

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, November 20, 2020–February 13, 2021, Photo: Ingo Kniest

 

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #611, 2019
Dye sublimation print
231.1 × 272.4 cm
91 × 107 1/4 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #611, 2019
Dye sublimation print
231.1 × 272.4 cm
91 × 107 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #611, 2019
Dye sublimation print
231.1 × 272.4 cm
91 × 107 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #611, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #611, 2019 (detail)

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Sherman’s new works bring these conversations squarely into the twenty-first century, when gender expression and fluidity have become mainstream subjects, casting further doubt upon the rigid constructs of twentieth-century masculinity and femininity.

 

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #613, 2019
Dye sublimation print
201.3 × 258.4 cm
79 1/4 × 101 3/4 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #613, 2019
Dye sublimation print
201.3 × 258.4 cm
79 1/4 × 101 3/4 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #613, 2019
Dye sublimation print
201.3 × 258.4 cm
79 1/4 × 101 3/4 inches

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #613, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #613, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin
Cindy Sherman – Cindy Sherman – Berlin

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #613, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #613, 2019 (detail)

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