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Cindy Shermans Biography

  • Date Submitted: 03/15/2010 12:43 PM
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Cindy Sherman has become one most respected and distinct photographers of the late twentieth century. Even though most of her   photographs are pictures of herself, these photographs are not self-portraits.   Sherman uses herself as a tool for commenting   on a lot of situations of the modern world: her role as a woman and as an artist.   Through her vague and ambiguous   photographs, Sherman has   been able to achieve a unique trademark. Sherman has brought up a number of challenging and confrontational questions about the role of women in today’s society, media and art through a variety of her works.
Sherman was born in 1954, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, a suburb situated in New York City. Her family moved a while after her birth. Sherman was the youngest of 5 children in the town of Huntington, Long Island. Unlike most artists, Sherman wasn’t didn’t have much knowledge of art during her youth. Her parents were not involved in art either. Her father was an engineer and her mother was a teacher. Cindy Sherman has said that “wasn't until college that I had any concept of what was going on in the art world. My idea of being an artist as a kid was a courtroom artist or one of those boardwalk artists who do caricatures. My parents had a book of, like, the one hundred one beautiful paintings, which included Dali and Picasso among the most recent artists."
Although Sherman’s parents   had a lack of interest in art they supported her decision to attend art school after finishing high school, however   her mother did warn her to "take a few teaching courses just in case."   But Sherman started her art career   at   State University College at Buffalo. Her career at college started very differently than it finished. Sherman was always painting and then one day she realised that she had enough. She was annoyed   with the boundaries of painting, and so   gave it up.
Sherman has said that you cant express thoughts and feelings through painting. “I was meticulously copying other art and...

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