Cindy Sherman’s latest body of work, her first since 2012, is on display at Metro Pictures‘ newly renovated space in New York City.
This 2016-produced series of color photographs about beauty, self-image and aging deconstructs the Hollywood image production. Although, the aging women in these publicity-style portraits aren’t strictly films stars, their exaggerated makeup, modern clothing and seductive poses with a hand on hip or cigarette held to the mouth is a reference to the stars of silent cinema. Sherman has also digitally manipulated the backgrounds of the large format photographs to allude to old film sets and backdrops.
As is her custom, the artist staged herself, except that this time might just be the last time. “This is the last time I do this, she said in an interview with the New York Times on April 21. “I’m so sick of using myself, how much more can I try to change myself?”
Cindy Sherman. Metro Pictures. Through June 11.