me Collectors Room, Auguststraße 68, Berlin
Exhibition continues until 28 August 2016
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm – 6pm
I’ve always had a soft spot for the wonderfully weird and the American photographer Cindy Sherman definitely falls into that category. Known for her impressive lighting and strange subjects, Sherman is one of the most successful contemporary artists of our age and considered one of the most important photographers alive today.
The me Collectors Room Berlin is currently presenting a compact retrospective with 65 photographic works from almost every period of the American artist’s career. The exhibition: Cindy Sherman from the Olbricht Collection therefore provides a remarkable overview of the entire body of her work.
A master of masquerade, Cindy casts herself simultaneously as actress, photographer, subject and object. She was catapulted into fame in the 1070’s with her black-and-white series ‘Untitled Film Stills, in which she embodied a range of stereotypical female figures from the 1940s and 1950s posing in what appeared to be movie stills.
Jamie Lee Curtis notes that Sherman manages to perfectly fit into one single frame, what people in Hollywood spend millions of dollars to do poorly. Sherman herself says that “as soon as I make a piece I have lost control over it.”
An ingénue at the sink in black and white, a gold blond ‘Maria lactans’ with a vacant expression and plastic breasts or as a posing clown, Sherman expresses almost a Lynch-esque contempt for her audience, while presenting us with a subtle analysis of contemporary cultural tropes. As social themes often underline her works, which primarily deal with women’s role in society, although a feminist message is not necessarily intended, the pictures lend themselves to this line of interpretation.
Cindy Sherman has undeniably created an unmistakable and seminal body of work that broke new ground in photography. The exhibition was curated in close collaboration with the artist in person.
me Collectors Room is a platform for international private art collections to present themselves in Berlin. The Olbricht Collection and other international private art collections have found in me Collectors Room Berlin a permanent exhibition space in which to showcase their works ever since it opened in May 2010.