Must See: Cindy Sherman at MOMA

Cindy Sherman one of the most important and influential artists in contemporary art and was a major influence on my early career as a photographer.  For over thirty years she has explored identity and the nature of representation, drawing inspiration from pop culture and art history.  At a special viewing for artists in the collection in late February,  I had the treat of viewing the 170 images without the bustle of large crowds.  After two hours, I left more impressed than I had been by her all these years, her range of guises and personas which are at turns amusing and disturbing, distasteful and affecting, were all the more provocative when viewed as a whole  in one perfectly edited space. My favorites remain the "Untitled Film Stills" (1977–80), the black-and-white pictures that feature the artist in stereotypical female roles inspired by 1950s and 1960s Hollywood, film noir, and European art-house films. But her photographic murals premiering in this show, are a tour de force. At MoMA thru June 11.