Cindy Sherman

Born Jan 19, 1954

Cindy Sherman is an American photographer and film director, best known for her conceptual portraits. In 1995, she was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Through a number of different series of works, Sherman has sought to raise challenging and important questions about the role and representation of women in society, the media and the nature of the creation of art. Her photographs include some of the most expensive photographs ever sold.… Read More

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1954 Birth Born on January 19, 1954.


1974 20 Years Old In 1974, together with Longo, Charles Clough and Nancy Dwyer, she created Hallwalls, an arts center intended as a space that would accommodate artists from diverse backgrounds. … Read More
1977 23 Years Old The series Untitled Film Stills, 1977–1980, with which Cindy Sherman achieved international recognition, consists of 69 black-and-white photographs. … Read More
1980 26 Years Old 1 More Event
She eventually completed the series in 1980, stopping, she has explained, when she ran out of clichés. … Read More
1982 28 Years Old In 1982, Sherman began her Pink Robes series which includes Untitled #97, #98, #99 and #100. … Read More


1984 30 Years Old Sherman married director Michel Auder in 1984, making her stepmother to Auder's daughter, Alexandra, and her half-sister Gaby Hoffmann. They divorced in 1999.
1985 31 Years Old In Fairy Tales, 1985, and Disasters, 1986–1989, Cindy Sherman uses visible prostheses and mannequins for the first time. Provoked by the 1989 NEA funding controversy involving photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, as well as the way Jeff Koons modeled his porn star wife in his "Made in Heaven" series, Sherman produced the Sex series in 1989. … Read More
1989 35 Years Old Between 1989 and 1990, Sherman made 35 large, color photographs restaging the settings of various European portrait paintings of the fifteenth through early 19th centuries. … Read More
1993 39 Years Old …  Sherman also created photographs for an editorial in Harper's Bazaar in 1993.


1994 40 Years Old In 1994, she produced the Post Card Series for Comme des Garçons for the brand's autumn/winter 1994–95 collections in collaboration with Rei Kawakubo.
1997 43 Years Old …  Her first film was Office Killer in 1997, starring Jeanne Tripplehorn, Molly Ringwald and Carol Kane.


2006 52 Years Old In 2006, she created a series of fashion advertisements for designer Marc Jacobs. … Read More
2007 53 Years Old From 2007 to 2011, she had a relationship with the artist David Byrne. … Read More
For Balenciaga, Sherman created the six-image series Cindy Sherman: Untitled (Balenciaga) in 2008; they were first shown to the public in 2010.
2010 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2010, Sherman was elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
2011 57 Years Old In 2011, a print of Untitled #96, which depicts Sherman as a lovelorn woman clutching a personal ad while lying on a kitchen floor, fetched $3.89 million at Christie's, making it the most expensive photograph at that time. … Read More
Her exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 2012 also presented a photographic mural (2010–11) that represents the artist's first foray into transforming space through site-specific fictive environments. … Read More
2013 59 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2013, Sherman was invited to organize a show within that year's Venice Biennale, including works by little-known artists as well as popular names such as George Condo, Robert Gober, Paul McCarthy, Charles Ray, and Rosemarie Trockel.
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