Mnuchin Gallery is proud to announce Cindy Sherman: Once Upon a Time, 1981 – 2011. This will be the gallery’s first exhibition of works by Cindy Sherman, one of the most influential artists of our time. Featuring more than two dozen works spanning thirty years, it will take as its focus three of Sherman’s most acclaimed series: the Centerfolds, the History Portraits, and the Society Portraits. Co-curated by Philippe Ségalot and gallery partner Sukanya Rajaratnam, and organized with the support of the artist and Metro Pictures, Cindy Sherman: Once Upon a Time, 1981 – 2011 will be on view from April 18 through June 10, 2017, with an opening reception on Tuesday, April 18 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.
The Art Newspaper
Cindy Sherman’s “self-portraits” in a variety of guises are as beguiling today as they were in 1981, when she burst onto the scene with her Centerfold series. Mnuchin Gallery presents 25 photographs from four decades in a solo exhibition, Cindy Sherman: Once Upon a Time, 1981-2011 (until 10 June).
Yesterday I had the great pleasure of spending some time at Mnuchin Gallery’s exhibition of photographs by Cindy Sherman, “Once Upon a Time, 1981–2011,” co-curated by the art adviser Philippe Ségalot. One of the upstairs galleries is devoted to a brilliant hanging of Sherman’s recent series of “society portraits,” featuring herself done up as fictional ladies of means, aging with varying degrees of grace.
The New York Times
By now, there is no mistaking works by Cindy Sherman — her signature as both photographer and subject, her over-the-top outfits and constantly transforming face. But it is rare to see them gathered in one intimate space, as they now are at the Mnuchin Gallery. Looking back over 30 years, “Cindy Sherman: Once Upon a Time, 1981-2011” bills itself as Ms. Sherman’s first historical exhibition in New York City since the Museum of Modern Art’s 2012 traveling retrospective.
CR Fashion Book
Sherman’s work is often executed in series; she transforms herself in elaborately staged self-portraits with a running theme. Working alone, she photographs herself in her studio, assuming the roles of stylist, makeup artist, hairdresser, model, and director. Though she might be thought of as the originator of the selfie, Sherman dismissed social media as “vulgar” in an interview with the New York Times last year, so critics would do well to stay away from the term. Despite her contempt for modern culture in that respect, she’s no stranger to collaborations with the fashion industry. In 2014, she collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a limited edition cross body bag as part of its LV Monogram celebration.
This exhibition, titled “Cindy Sherman: Once Upon a Time, 1981–2011” and curated by Philippe Ségalot and Sukanya Rajaratnam, focuses on Sherman’s use of stories, or lack thereof, in her work. Featuring Sherman’s photographs of herself presented in the manner of clowns and high-society women, the show will include works from a series did for which she inserted herself into traditionally male art-historical images, in a sort of commentary on the conventional role of women in narratives.
New York Magazine
In a new photography exhibition on the Upper East Side, the Mnuchin Gallery is revisiting Cindy Sherman’s Society Portraits, one of her most famous works and an exploration of what it means for (rich) women to age. Produced in 2008, the photographs are actually self-portraits: Sherman dressed up as Manhattan socialites, wearing elaborate costumes and thick makeup. She took her camera to venues where New York City society women might be spotted in real life: on the Upper East Side (Untitled #468), the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park (#474), and the Cloisters (#466).
Time Out New York
Classic Shermans in a classy townhouse gallery? You can’t get more museum-quality than that. On view are her society dames, ingenues and art-history icons.
Featuring more than two dozen works spanning 30 years, the exhibition will focus on three of Sherman’s most acclaimed series - the ‘Centerfolds,’ the ‘History Portraits’ and the ‘Society Portraits.’ These portraits mine the stereotypes and genres of art history and mass media while drawing attention to the power structures that have shaped this imagery.
Mnuchin Gallery (45 East 78th Street) celebrates Cindy Sherman's take on the female gaze with a show called "Once Upon a Time: 1981 - 2011" opening on April 18, 6 to 8 p.m., and up until June 10. The exhibition, curated by Philippe Ségalot and Sukanya Rajaratnam, focuses on three of her series: The Center Folds, The History Portraits and The Society Portraits.