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(American, b. 1954)
Image: 28 x 38.9 cm (11 x 15 5/16 in.); Paper: 50.8 x 61 cm (20 x 24 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28 in.)
Gift of Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro 2000.161.8
Sherman is well known for portraits of herself in which she challenges accepted conventions of self-portraiture. Combining performance and documentation, Sherman masquerades as a variety of identities, impersonating real-life scenes and Hollywood dramas. From a series commemorating artists who died of AIDS, this photograph portrays Sherman in an ambiguous landscape, unattached to her surroundings. In contrast to the gritty documentary Polaroids by Mark Morrisroe, to whom Sherman’s image pays homage, this colorful photograph represents an imaginative narrative in which truth and identity remain unfixed.
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