An introduction to the work of artist Cindy Sherman, illustrated with dozens of her photographs.
Sherman has been photographing herself in makeup and costumes since the 1960s, often reflecting on the societal roles of women. This beautifully designed account moves from her childhood through art school to her career as an artist, with sections on her various series, titled by year, such as Fairy Tales 1985 and Clowns 2003-2004. The final chapter, which discusses her 2012 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, highlights her success and influence in the art world. Greenberg and Jordan, who have honed their skills in many previous art books for young people, engage their audience from beginning to end. Their conversational text prompts readers to think, using questions (“Can we find beauty in ugliness?”) and friendly commands (“Imagine Cindy alone in her studio”). Well-chosen quotes from Sherman help explain her art and process, while colored boxes set off quotes from children and teens in which they respond to specific photographs. These quotes and the authors’ own interpretations offer ways to understand Sherman’s sometimes-controversial art. An introductory note invites readers to enter Sherman’s world and “discover your own stories”; the book brilliantly gives them the tools to do so.
An excellent, eye-opening exploration perfectly pitched to its audience. (bibliography, notes, list of artworks) (Biography. 10-14)