The contemporary artist’s works will go on display at The National Portrait Gallery

Cindy Sherman’s acclaimed series entitled Untitled Film Still (1977 - 80) will go on display for the first time in the UK at London’s National Portrait Gallery in a retrospective of the artist’s work. Opening in June 2019, the exhibition will explore Sherman’s work from the mid 1970s through to the present day, featuring around 180 pieces from international and private collections, as well as work that has never been on display at a public gallery.

Sherman is considered one of the world’s leading contemporary artists and first gained critical recognition for Untitled Film Stills, the series she produced shortly after moving to New York in 1977. The collection is made up of 70 images and features Sherman as model wearing an extensive range of costumes and hairstyles shot in a film noir style, typical of 1950s and 60s Hollywood. The exhibition will also see all five of Sherman’s Cover Girl series, completed when she was a student in 1976, displayed together for the first time.

"We are delighted to show Cindy Sherman’s complete Untitled Film Stills series for the first time in the UK in this major retrospective, spanning over 40 years of work by such an internationally celebrated and influential artist, whose photographs now appear more relevant and prescient than ever in an era of social media and selfies. Comprising key works from Sherman’s most important series together with new and unseen work, the exhibition will place her art within the context of portraiture, exploring the often complex and ambiguous relationship between appearance and reality." - Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery.

27 June - 15 September 2019

npg.org.uk

Image: Copyright: Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York