Born in 1954 in New Jersey, Sherman first came to prominence in the 1970s as being a member of the Pictures Generation, a group of artists influenced by the rise of a media-based society and pop art artists like Andy Warhol. Currently based in New York, Sherman is credited not only with the feat of reconstructing the medium of self-portraiture by making herself the only subject matter but by inspiring a whole generation to explore their own identities and media representation.
Despite this worldwide recognition for her ability to transform into virtually anything or anyone in her own photographs, she is also known for her dislike of selfies. Her argument is that they are a vulgar and a "desperate measure with people trying to look better for attention's sake.” However, not shy to evolving and adapting to the times, recently she’s extended her work to Instagram by experimenting with face filters on her Instagram feed.
Cindy Sherman at Fondation Louis Vuitton is the first show dedicated to Cindy Sherman since her 2006 solo exhibition at the Jeu de Paume, and the artworks are focused on the theme of portraiture and its different interpretations across mediums like painting, photography, video installation or sculpture. It brings together around twenty French and international as well as intergenerational artists, many of which are exhibiting their work for the first time at the Fondation.