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.
Artist Cindy Sherman burst on the scene in the late 1970s with her "Untitled Film Stills," a series of photographs of faked publicity shots from unspecified movies. They weren’t just photographs. They were part of what eventually became understood as a conceptual art practice. By inhabiting and almost overselling these cultural stereotypes of women—damsel in distress, dotty housewife, bombshell—Sherman effectively undermined the very cliches she set out to reproduce.
The New Yorker
The title of this exhibition of three series of photographs, “Once Upon a Time, 1981-2011,” aptly conjures a fairy tale: Sherman’s pictures are rife with gendered archetypes, rich backstories, impending doom, and melancholic longing.
Condé Nast Traveler
At the Mnuchin gallery, about a five-minute walk from the Met, you can see more than two dozen works by Sherman, spanning 30 years in "Once Upon a Time, 1981-2011." All are pulled from three different series: "Society Portraits" (Sherman as UES women battling age with plastic surgery), the "History Portraits" (Sherman as Renaissance and Rococo figures) and the seminal "Centerfolds" series (Sherman as a modern version of the reclining woman but all lost in private moments as opposed to, you know, tugging at a bikini string). Seeing the progression of her work is riveting and a palpable reminder that Sherman is as New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz once called her, a “warrior artist,” and that “Fashion helps Cindy hide in plain sight; in turn, she plays havoc with fashion.”
The New York Times
In “Cindy Sherman: Once Upon a Time, 1981-2011,” a show organized with the independent curator Philippe Ségalot, three series from Ms. Sherman’s prolific career go head-to-head. They suggest an indomitable drive to reinvent her work while maintaining the variety and general ease of her landmark Untitled (Film Stills) series of 1977-80. Both her 1981 Centerfolds series, with its prone, vulnerable-looking young women, and her 2008 Society Portraits of scrupulously turned-out matrons feel somewhat repetitive here. In contrast, the History Portraits (1990) still disturb, with their cursory reprises of old master portraits of both sexes, replete with undisguised body and facial prosthetics.
The Creator's Project
Even though Cindy Sherman has made a career out of self-portraiture, when she showed up at Mnuchin Gallery for the opening of her first New York exhibition since 2012, I was nervous I wouldn't recognize her. In Once Upon a Time, a 30-year survey co-curated by Philippe Ségalot and gallery partner Sukanya Rajaratnam, the artist's chameleonic abilities are on full display. Sherman's body of work explores representation and how film, television, and advertising influence our personal identities and understanding of the world. She uses elaborate makeup, costumes, props, and prosthetics to transform herself into portraits mining stereotypes and drawing attention to the power structures that propagate these images.
Cindy Sherman (b.1954), one of the notable names within the Pictures Generation, is an artist who has consistently refused to be the subject of acceptance. Having started out painting as a student, Sherman then rejected the medium, looking for new areas of expansion, and ultimately becoming a pioneer in portraiture, challenging the power structures around photography and undermining the influence of the larger voyeur – through advertising, film and television.
Thirty years worth of transformative self-portraits by Cindy Sherman were on view in one place at Mnuchin Gallery, which saw French art dealer Philippe Ségalot, artist Casey Spooner, and Klaus Biesnbach, in addition to Sherman and the gallery’s Sukanya Rajaratnam and Robert Mnuchin, on hand for the April 18 opening.
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.
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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.