Published On: Sun, Jan 11th, 2015

Cindy Sherman Presents Photographic Contortions in ‘The Fetching Blemish” Show

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman Untitled #362 from the Hollywood/Hampton Types series 2000, color coupler print mounted on foamcore 27 x 18 inches 68.6 x 45.7 cm Edition 3/6 signed, numbered and dated ‘Cindy Sherman 2000 3/6’ (on the reverse)

 

Cindy Sherman, who has produced two of the top 5 most expensive photographs ever sold, is one of the artists whose work featuring blemishes, defects and all-things-unsightly will be displayed at the “Fetching Blemish” show closes on February 15 at Invisible Exports, New York, as reported by Macro Insider.

The exhibition isn’t meant to be a gross out as much as present an intriguing new way of looking at imperfections we would rather hide and faces we would prefer to forget. Rebecca Morgan’s painting “Self-Portrait Wearing My Beloved Scarf and Sweater/My Confront, the fattest it’s ever been, ” explores mismatched items, tacky jewelry, weight, frizzy hair and nipples.

MacroInsider describes the exhibition as one that “explores physical deformities as manifestations of inner turmoil, ugliness as a very important ingredient of identification and self-horror as a prospect for liberation and even transcendence.”

 

REBECCA MORGAN

Rebecca Morgan Self Portrait Wearing My Favorite Scarf and Sweater/My Face The Fattest It’s Ever Been, 2013 Oil and graphite on panel 14 x 12 inches

 

In her Untitled photograph, Cindy Sherman, with an altered facial appearance, dresses like a vamp. Her inviting facial expression makes her distorted appearance into a coy invitation for a romp with horror. Celeste Dupuy Spencer’s oils have abstract images of human flesh, swamp women and pizza delivery guys. Invisible Exports explains, “Ugliness is a much murkier, far more enriching stew.”

Cynthia Sherman grew up in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. She studied visual arts at Buffalo State college, but abandoned painting and took up photography. “There was nothing more to say through painting, ” she said. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Sherman has produced two of the five most expensive photographs ever sold. Cindy Sherman Untitled #96 1981), featuring a red-haired woman dressed in orange lying on a floor was sold for $3.89 million in 2011, and was the most expensive photo sold at that time. Her startling Untitled #153 (1985) is an image of a woman lying down, seeming to be a corpse or a badly damage mannequin. It sold for $2.7 million in 2010.

 

AMY SEDARIS

Amy Sedaris Archival pigment print 2 x 2 inches Edition of 10

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