Cindy Sherman: Works from the Olbricht Collection, Olbricht Foundation, Berlin

Cindy Sherman: Works from the Olbricht Collection will feature 60 photographs on view at me Collectors Room, drawn from all periods of her work to provide an overview of her entire career. In various poses, Sherman is seen as a young 1950s ingénue standing at the sink, as a dolled-up blonde with a vacant expression and plastic breast, or a made-up, ageing upper-class woman.

Sherman is a master of disguise, with her photographs not representing actual personalities but rather social stereotypes which have been constructed through the media of film, advertising or even classical works of art.

The artist first came to the fore in the 1970s with her black-and-white series titled Untitled Film Stills, which saw her in the guise of stereotypical 1940s and 1950s’ movie stars. In the 1980s, Sherman’s images shifted to large format colour with Centerfolds: a series which used Playboy magazine angles and lighting to show women in various states of emotional distress.

Recent works have captured society ladies in their later years with Hollywood/Hampton Types (2000–2002), while Clown (2003–2004) depicted a more tragic, vulgar side to the subject. Sherman’s series examine and disassemble established characters within society, drawing attention to the struggle of individuality against the collective stereotype.

Parallel to the exhibition is Falling Fictions which sees the Olbricht Foundation invite young curators to develop their practice by curating a show for me Berlin as part of their final-degree module, on show in the Lounge Room.

Cindy Sherman: Works from the Olbricht Collection, 16 September 2015 – 10 April 2016, me Collectors Room Berlin, Olbricht Foundation, Auguststrasse 68, 10117 Berlin, Germany

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1. Cindy Sherman, Untitled n#96. Courtesy of the Olbricht Collection.