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History Portraits


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ISBN 10: 084781341X / ISBN 13: 9780847813414
Published by Rizzoli, New York, 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: History Portraits

Publisher: Rizzoli, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Photographs featuring the artist, Cindy Sherman, as model, satirically recreate the atmosphere of famous portrait paintings of the past

From Library Journal:

Sherman's specious portraits are a travesty in the fullest and best sense of the word and as such are a very unsettling exploration of the reality of simulacra. Where exactly is the real in a photograph of a modern artist in plastic breasts and flea-market clothes imitating a 16th-century painting of an idealized sitter? The confusion deepens precisely because the sumptuous and slightly odd photographs are very familiar yet not quite distinct enough to assign to a particular historical work. The technique of examining artistic stereotypes through mockery is the same in Sherman's superb aping of 1950s B movies, Cindy Sherman: Untitled Film Stills (Rizzoli, 1990). Both books are recommended as the best exposition of photography's ability to challenge the existing artistic canon.
- David McClelland, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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