Untitled Film Stills
Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills is a series of 70 black-and-white photographs of self-portraits, depicting the artist as characters from imagined 1950s-60s Hollywood B-movies. Sherman dresses up and poses as the women stereotypes of a noir film starlet, a worn-out housewife, an innocent schoolgirl, a femme fatale, a diva, a career woman, or an ice cold intellectual.
She is both the actress and director, who deconstructs and re-contextualizes the iconographized myth of femininity in mass media. Her ambiguous and mysterious images create vague familiarity that allows the viewer to interpret the meanings in a variety of personal ways through Sherman’s many-faceted, performative, parodic and feminist identities.
10 × 8 in. (25.4 × 20.3 cm)
Gelatin silver print
(Metro Pictures, New York, NY); Donnelley Collection; (Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY); acquired by Private Collection, USA, 1988; purchased by Art Bridges, TX, 2022