Originally planned for April, before the, er, pandemic hit, Cindy Sherman at the Fondation Louis Vuitton exhibition is finally due to open tomorrow, in Paris.
Not since 2006 at the Jeu de Paume has Cindy Sherman exhibited in Paris, and this one is the most ambitious yet. The biggest in Europe, it brings together more than 300 images from the American artist, spanning her entire career, from her very first black and white images Untitled Film Stills, which were inspired by Hitchock horror movies and the French Nouvelle Vague, to her most recent technicolour portraits, where she plays fashionistas, American Flappers or dresses up in drag.
Cindy Sherman is a solo player, she never works with assistants, and in all of her portraits she uses no other models than herself. And, ironically, it's the other roles she's played that have made her an icon, hiding under make-up, wigs, and prosthetics. Sherman never explains her work, nor does she give titles to her portraits, believing that we should make up our own minds. Over her four decade career, Sherman has played a variety of different roles through a variety of different mediums. Most recently, in 2019, she debuted her first non-photographic work in the form of a tapestry, on which was waved portraits distorted by apps such as FaceTune.
Leading up to the exhibition, for almost a year, the artist worked closely with the artistic director of the Fondation Suzanne Pagè. Travelling back and forth from New York City to London, she always had the final say on final selection. She also designed the set (which is why there are so many mirrors), and selected 50 works from other artists from the rich Foudation's Collection, that she believed echoed sentiments of her own work. Called “Crossing Views”, it features works from contemporary artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramović, Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol.
Cindy Sherman at Fondation Louis Vuitton until January 3. 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris. Price €14, Book your visit.