Phaidon, the world’s premiere publisher of books on the visual arts, is moving into digital publishing with modern artist monographs from the Phaidon Focus series available exclusively on the iBooks Store.
The Phaidon Focus series offers accessible, authoritative, and thought-provoking introductions to modern masters of the art world. Cleanly presented and easy to navigate, the new Phaidon Focus multi-touch books allow readers to seamlessly move between a chronology of the artist’s career and ten essays illuminating particular works, styles, and themes. Added functionality comes in the form of image zooming, rotating galleries, and a useful interactive glossary.
DISCOVER: A chronology introduces the artist’s work and provides context, while an interactive glossary offers additional clarity
EXPLORE: Navigate among essays for an in-depth look at themes, styles and work periods
GET UP CLOSE: Enlarge artworks and photographs for a stunning detailed view
BROWSE: View interactive image galleries
About the book:
Cindy Sherman (b. 1954) is her own subject matter. One of the most celebrated female artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries she has, for a period spanning more than thirty years, used make-up, prosthetics and props to present herself in the guise of numerous different personae, placed in contexts that draw on the visual conventions of film, television and the media. Such settings and characters invite the viewer to consider the relation of appearance and identity and also the way in which female stereotypes have been perpetuated not only by the media but also by the art world itself.
The latest volume in the Phaidon Focus series aims to be the authoritative guide to Cindy Sherman, a photographer known for her provocative take on self-portraiture. Sherman dons a variety of costumes, using prosthetics, apparel, and setting to evoke historical portraits, headshots, and a variety of characters both human and monstrous. This book situates Sherman's early career path, mentioning her move to New York with then-boyfriend and fellow-artist Robert Longo in 1977 as well as commissions by Vogue and Artforum. Art critic Moorhouse (Gerhard Richter: Painting Appearances) illuminates Sherman's career with biographical tidbits like her adolescent interest in documentation, explicates distinct series of photographs, and eloquently describes the most enduring analyses of her work; however, he exhibits a tendency to give these analyses totemic weight, rather than allowing for multiple interpretations to work that defies any single meaning. Moorhouse also dramatizes Sherman's own aging as an integral aspect of her later work which adds a strange subtext to a body of work that seems to blast media portrayals and targeting of women. Overall, this book provides an illuminating take on Sherman's career that firmly grounds this artist in the contemporary canon. Color photos.