For the first time in a career spanning over 40 years, Cindy Sherman explores her first non-photographic medium: Tapestry.

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

 

Produced in Belgium—with its centuries-long history of weaving—and made of cotton, wool, acrylic and polyester, each tapestry invents and introduces an entirely unique character. In keeping with many of Sherman’s previous works, the artist substantially alters her appearance, generating her idiosyncratic figures through changes in hair color, eye color, skin tone, facial features and even gender.

 

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, viscose, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
282 × 222 cm
111 × 87 7/16 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, viscose, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
282 × 222 cm
111 × 87 7/16 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, viscose, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
282 × 222 cm
111 × 87 7/16 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, viscose, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
282 × 222 cm
111 × 87 7/16 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, viscose, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
282 × 222 cm
111 × 87 7/16 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, viscose, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
282 × 222 cm
111 × 87 7/16 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, viscose, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
282 × 222 cm
111 × 87 7/16 inches

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Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Polyester, cotton, wool, and acrylic woven together
284.5 × 218.4 cm
112 × 86 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Polyester, cotton, wool, and acrylic woven together
284.5 × 218.4 cm
112 × 86 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Polyester, cotton, wool, and acrylic woven together
284.5 × 218.4 cm
112 × 86 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Polyester, cotton, wool, and acrylic woven together
284.5 × 218.4 cm
112 × 86 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Polyester, cotton, wool, and acrylic woven together
284.5 × 218.4 cm
112 × 86 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Polyester, cotton, wool, and acrylic woven together
284.5 × 218.4 cm
112 × 86 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Polyester, cotton, wool, and acrylic woven together
284.5 × 218.4 cm
112 × 86 inches

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“I’m trying to erase myself more than identify myself or reveal myself. That’s a big, confusing thing that people have with my work: they think I’m trying to reveal these secret fantasies or something. It’s really about obliterating myself within these characters.” –Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, acrylic, cotton mercurisé, and polyester cotton woven together
281.9 × 218.4 cm
111 × 86 inches

GIF posted to Cindy Sherman’s Instagram on April 7, 2018, captioned, “Will it ever feel like spring?”

 

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, acrylic, cotton mercurisé, and polyester cotton woven together
281.9 × 218.4 cm
111 × 86 inches

Following Sherman’s long-term photographic investigation into the construction of identity and the nature of representation, these tapestries are based on pictures posted on the artist’s personal Instagram account, which she creates using widely available filters and face-altering apps. Impossible to print in large scale due to the low-resolution nature of the original Instagram images, they are transposed into woven textiles, which in turn resonate with the pixelation of the source material: Pixels, here, translate to the warp and weft of thread.

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Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, acrylic, cotton mercurisé, and polyester cotton woven together
281.9 × 218.4 cm
111 × 86 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, acrylic, cotton mercurisé, and polyester cotton woven together
281.9 × 218.4 cm
111 × 86 inches

GIF posted to Cindy Sherman’s Instagram on April 7, 2018, captioned, “Will it ever feel like spring?”

 

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, acrylic, cotton mercurisé, and polyester cotton woven together
281.9 × 218.4 cm
111 × 86 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, acrylic, cotton mercurisé, and polyester cotton woven together
281.9 × 218.4 cm
111 × 86 inches

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Following Sherman’s long-term photographic investigation into the construction of identity and the nature of representation, these tapestries are based on pictures posted on the artist’s personal Instagram account, which she creates using widely available filters and face-altering apps. Impossible to print in large scale due to the low-resolution nature of the original Instagram images, they are transposed into woven textiles, which in turn resonate with the pixelation of the source material: Pixels, here, translate to the warp and weft of thread.

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, yarn, acrylic, mercurisé, and Lurex woven together
290.8 × 226.7 cm
114 1/2 × 89 1/4 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, yarn, acrylic, mercurisé, and Lurex woven together
290.8 × 226.7 cm
114 1/2 × 89 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, yarn, acrylic, mercurisé, and Lurex woven together
290.8 × 226.7 cm
114 1/2 × 89 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, yarn, acrylic, mercurisé, and Lurex woven together
290.8 × 226.7 cm
114 1/2 × 89 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, yarn, acrylic, mercurisé, and Lurex woven together
290.8 × 226.7 cm
114 1/2 × 89 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, yarn, acrylic, mercurisé, and Lurex woven together
290.8 × 226.7 cm
114 1/2 × 89 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, yarn, acrylic, mercurisé, and Lurex woven together
290.8 × 226.7 cm
114 1/2 × 89 1/4 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Polyester, cotton, wool, and acrylic woven together
284.5 × 221 cm
112 × 87 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Polyester, cotton, wool, and acrylic woven together
284.5 × 221 cm
112 × 87 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Polyester, cotton, wool, and acrylic woven together
284.5 × 221 cm
112 × 87 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Polyester, cotton, wool, and acrylic woven together
284.5 × 221 cm
112 × 87 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Polyester, cotton, wool, and acrylic woven together
284.5 × 221 cm
112 × 87 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

 

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, wool, acrylic, silk and cotton mercurisé woven together
284 × 190 cm
111 13/16 × 74 13/16 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, acrylic, cotton mercurisé, and polyester cotton woven together
285.5 × 218.4 cm
112 3/8 × 86 inches

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The transition from a pixelated image into a woven one allows for these characters to come to life through visually satisfying and tangible details. The materiality of tapestry creates a textural surface that no app or filter could truly recreate, and as a result, the surfaces of these works are saturated with physicality. The porousness of the purple, alien-like figure’s skin in Untitled (2020) is apparent with each tightly stitched tapestry thread; while the knit sweater worn by Sherman in Untitled (2019)—originally just an image of woolen fabric—turns into actual, vibrant textile whose softness is both visual and physical.

Details
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, wool, acrylic, silk and cotton mercurisé woven together
284 × 190 cm
111 13/16 × 74 13/16 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, wool, acrylic, silk and cotton mercurisé woven together
284 × 190 cm
111 13/16 × 74 13/16 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, wool, acrylic, silk and cotton mercurisé woven together
284 × 190 cm
111 13/16 × 74 13/16 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, wool, acrylic, silk and cotton mercurisé woven together
284 × 190 cm
111 13/16 × 74 13/16 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, acrylic, cotton mercurisé, and polyester cotton woven together
285.5 × 218.4 cm
112 3/8 × 86 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, acrylic, cotton mercurisé, and polyester cotton woven together
285.5 × 218.4 cm
112 3/8 × 86 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, acrylic, cotton mercurisé, and polyester cotton woven together
285.5 × 218.4 cm
112 3/8 × 86 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2019
Cotton, wool, acrylic, cotton mercurisé, and polyester cotton woven together
285.5 × 218.4 cm
112 3/8 × 86 inches

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The transition from a pixelated image into a woven one allows for these characters to come to life through visually satisfying and tangible details. The materiality of tapestry creates a textural surface that no app or filter could truly recreate, and as a result, the surfaces of these works are saturated with physicality. The porousness of the purple, alien-like figure’s skin in Untitled (2020) is apparent with each tightly stitched tapestry thread; while the knit sweater worn by Sherman in Untitled (2019)—originally just an image of woolen fabric—turns into actual, vibrant textile whose softness is both visual and physical.

In Sherman’s tapestries, the interplay between character and background is as dynamic as ever. Earlier bodies of work feature distorted human figures, sometimes through the use of dramatic prostheses. In Untitled #157 (1986), for example, Sherman takes on a goat-like form, with horns and pointed ears. In a more recent body of work, developed from editorials she created for Harper’s Bazaar magazine, the backgrounds begin to replicate to dizzying effect and interweave with the figure through Sherman’s use of image-editing techniques.

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #157, 1986
Color coupler print 
153.4 × 103.2 cm
60 3/8 × 40 5/8 inches

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Cindy Sherman
Untitled #591, 2016/18
Dye sublimation metal print
154.6 × 191.8 cm
60 7/8 × 75 1/2 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #157, 1986
Color coupler print 
153.4 × 103.2 cm
60 3/8 × 40 5/8 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #157, 1986
Color coupler print 
153.4 × 103.2 cm
60 3/8 × 40 5/8 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #157, 1986
Color coupler print 
153.4 × 103.2 cm
60 3/8 × 40 5/8 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #157, 1986
Color coupler print 
153.4 × 103.2 cm
60 3/8 × 40 5/8 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #157, 1986
Color coupler print 
153.4 × 103.2 cm
60 3/8 × 40 5/8 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #157, 1986
Color coupler print 
153.4 × 103.2 cm
60 3/8 × 40 5/8 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #591, 2016/18
Dye sublimation metal print
154.6 × 191.8 cm
60 7/8 × 75 1/2 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #591, 2016/18
Dye sublimation metal print
154.6 × 191.8 cm
60 7/8 × 75 1/2 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #591, 2016/18

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #591, 2016/18

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #591, 2016/18

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #591, 2016/18

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In Sherman’s tapestries, the interplay between character and background is as dynamic as ever. Earlier bodies of work feature distorted human figures, sometimes through the use of dramatic prostheses. In Untitled #157 (1986), for example, Sherman takes on a goat-like form, with horns and pointed ears. In a more recent body of work, developed from editorials she created for Harper’s Bazaar magazine, the backgrounds begin to replicate to dizzying effect and interweave with the figure through Sherman’s use of image-editing techniques.

This blending effect is taken to new heights in the tapestries. In one untitled work from 2020, snow-covered trees meld with the figure’s white hair and white-flecked shirt, confusing the lines between foreground and background. The artist’s characters are also increasingly digitally manipulated, resulting at times in grossly exaggerated traits or the partial dissolution of the body as it begins to merge with its environment. Though some of the tapestries have simple backgrounds, putting focus on the figure, others include elaborate digital landscapes often enhanced by iPhone app effects.

 

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
288 × 218 cm
113 3/8 × 85 7/8 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
288 × 218 cm
113 3/8 × 85 7/8 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
288 × 218 cm
113 3/8 × 85 7/8 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020 (detail)

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
288 × 218 cm
113 3/8 × 85 7/8 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
288 × 218 cm
113 3/8 × 85 7/8 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
285 × 214 cm
112 3/16 × 84 1/4 inches

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Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
285 × 214 cm
112 3/16 × 84 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
285 × 214 cm
112 3/16 × 84 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
285 × 214 cm
112 3/16 × 84 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
285 × 214 cm
112 3/16 × 84 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
285 × 214 cm
112 3/16 × 84 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
285 × 214 cm
112 3/16 × 84 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
285 × 214 cm
112 3/16 × 84 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
285 × 214 cm
112 3/16 × 84 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
285 × 214 cm
112 3/16 × 84 1/4 inches

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 2020
Polyester, cotton, wool, acrylic and cotton mercurisé woven together
285 × 214 cm
112 3/16 × 84 1/4 inches

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“About ten years ago, I was already starting to think of tapestry as a medium and had a test made. And as a result, I thought this would only work with a close-up of a face, a tighter portrait. So it made sense to use the Instagram images.” –Cindy Sherman

 

Sherman’s attention throughout her practice both to drama and to fashion connects the work to the long history of tapestry—a medium that in centuries past was valued even more highly than painting. Sherman’s works are produced in Flanders, which saw its golden age of tapestry beginning in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, when weavers developed new techniques that expanded their range of textures and visual effects, as well as the scale and intricacy of their compositions.

Sumptuous, and often woven with silk or gilded threads, tapestries connoted grandeur and wealth in the homes of those that could afford them. They also focused on evocative details such as setting, facial expressions and elegant fabrics and costumes.

Historically, each work began with a “cartoon” of the image to be woven; the workshop would then set to work transposing that image into thread. Sherman’s tapestries tap directly into this history: Instead of a hand-drawn or painted cartoon, she provides the digitally manipulated image straight from Instagram. Sherman’s tapestries also share the larger-than-life scale of these predecessors, and many include finer, more luxurious silken threads.

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Netherlandish, probably Brussels
The Triumph of Fame, ca. 1502–04
Wool and silk
359.4 x 335.3 cm
141 ½ x 132 inches
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

French and South Netherlandish
The Unicorn Surrenders to a Maiden (from the Unicorn Tapestries), 1494–1505 (detail)
Wool warp with wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts
198.1 x 64.8 cm
78 x 25 1/2 inches
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

South Netherlandish
The Falcon’s Bath, ca. 1400–15 (detail)
Tapestry with wool warp and wool wefts
349.3 × 369.6 cm
137 ½ x 145 ½ inches
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

Netherlandish, probably Brussels
The Triumph of Fame, ca. 1502–04
Wool and silk
359.4 x 335.3 cm
141 ½ x 132 inches
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

French and South Netherlandish
The Unicorn Surrenders to a Maiden (from the Unicorn Tapestries), 1494–1505 (detail)
Wool warp with wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts
198.1 x 64.8 cm
78 x 25 1/2 inches
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles

South Netherlandish
The Falcon’s Bath, ca. 1400–15 (detail)
Tapestry with wool warp and wool wefts
349.3 × 369.6 cm
137 ½ x 145 ½ inches
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Sherman’s attention throughout her practice both to drama and to fashion connects the work to the long history of tapestry—a medium that in centuries past was valued even more highly than painting. Sherman’s works are produced in Flanders, which saw its golden age of tapestry beginning in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, when weavers developed new techniques that expanded their range of textures and visual effects, as well as the scale and intricacy of their compositions.

Sumptuous, and often woven with silk or gilded threads, tapestries connoted grandeur and wealth in the homes of those that could afford them. They also focused on evocative details such as setting, facial expressions and elegant fabrics and costumes.

Historically, each work began with a “cartoon” of the image to be woven; the workshop would then set to work transposing that image into thread. Sherman’s tapestries tap directly into this history: Instead of a hand-drawn or painted cartoon, she provides the digitally manipulated image straight from Instagram. Sherman’s tapestries also share the larger-than-life scale of these predecessors, and many include finer, more luxurious silken threads.

By bringing together contemporary digital tools such as Photoshop and Instagram with such a traditional medium as tapestry, and continuing to push the bounds of figural representation, Sherman gives a nod to art history, gender and societal roles. She embraces the art historical significance of tapestry, relying on its tried-and-tested methods of production, while interjecting the art form with her own twenty-first century spirit.

 

Cindy Sherman – Tapestries – Los Angeles