Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Cindy Sherman takes on the botox set
Cindy Sherman has made a career out of transforming herself into different variations of females in the male gaze. In her latest manifestation, she takes on the aging beauty. Sherman Evokes Aging, Botoxed Dames in $250,000 Photos one often sees hanging over the mantel in the houses of the upper-crst. Sporting heavy makeup, wigs, fake nails and teeth, artist Cindy Sherman transforms herself into a cast of aging society matrons.
The exhibition at the Metro Pictures gallery – her first in New York in four years – consists of 14 large-scale color photographs; each stars the chameleon-like artist disguised as yet another bejeweled, Botoxed dame. Despite the variations of surgery and scenery, all the women end up in a uniform of sameness - all seeming to fighting a desperate battle with time.
The caricatures are sad and oh so appropriate for these declining times, as the Tycoons fall what becomes of their faded wives. As usual, Cindy Sherman caricatures are merciless.
To see more from the gallery click here.