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Fans of Cindy Sherman will be flocking to Paris this spring for her largest European retrospective in the past decade


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A retrospective of American artist and photographer Cindy Sherman will be showcased at Fondation Louis Vuitton this spring. Entitled, Retrospective 1975-2020, the exhibition will include some of her most notable works, such as Fashion, Hollywood and Hamptons Types, Clowns and Broken Dolls, as well as many that have never been seen before. 

Running from April 1st until August 31st of this year, fans of the artist will have the opportunity to see 170 works, made up of 300 images (all from 1975 to the present day). Sherman is known for her self-portraits where she appears in costume as different characters. Her 1977-80 work Untitled Film Stills depict all kinds of people, from clowns to librarians. 

In her 45 years of producing artwork, Sherman has become known for questioning the notion of identity and disguise in contemporary culture. Although usually photographing herself, her arsenal of makeup, prosthetics and props allow her to transform into characters that inspire her (usually from films, the internet and magazines). With the essence of costume being such an intrinsic part of Sherman's work, she has always found inspiration in fashion and, in turn, inspired several designers. Sherman has previously collaborated with Louis Vuitton, Rei Kawakubo and Balenciaga, and images of herself taken for her own work appeared in Undercover's SS20 menswear collection.

"Sherman has become known for questioning the notion of identity and disguise in contemporary culture."


A further connection to fashion is the exhibition's location - Fondation Louis Vuitton is LVMH’s nonprofit contemporary gallery and cultural hub in Paris’ 16th arrondissement. The gallery and the artist have collaborated to also offer Crossing Views - a collection from the Fondation Louis Vuitton's personal archive that demonstrate the same portrait style as Sherman’s. Around 60 works will be on display, from artists such as Andy Warhol, Wolfgang Tillmans and Damien Hirst and will encapsulate paintings, installations, photography, video and sculpture.

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