Untitled #209, “History Portrait” Series
The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Sherman assumes the persona of the Mona Lisa in this three-quarter length, Italian Renaissance-style portrait. Not a true replica, the photo is intended to call the original painting to mind without copying it, somehow haunting the imitation with the original. Possibly it is suggesting that we rethink the familiarity of the original and examine and question how its conventions of depiction continue to influence the representation of the ‘Female’ today, hundreds of years after the original was created.
The Pictures Generation, Conceptual Art, Feminist Art, Post Modernism
Born: 19 January 1954, New Jersey, USA
A contemporary master of socially critical photography, Sherman is a key figure of the Pictures Generation, a circle of American artist who came into artistic maturity during the early 1980s, an era of rapid and widespread proliferation of mass media imagery. In art school painting in a super-realist style during the aftermath of American Feminism Sherman took up photography at the end of the 1970s to explore common female social roles and personas. She sought to question the seductive and oppressive influence of mass media on individual and collective identities.