Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Is Cindy Sherman the Broadest of Them All? / CRAVE

Cindy Sherman,Untitled #70, 1980. Chromogenic color print, 20 x 24 inches. © Cindy Sherman. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures. All images courtesy of Cindy Sherman and The Broad unless otherwise noted.

Cindy Sherman,Untitled #70, 1980. Chromogenic color print, 20 x 24 inches. © Cindy Sherman. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures. All images courtesy of Cindy Sherman and The Broad unless otherwise noted.

There’s not a young artist or writer today who hasn’t at some point in their career either stumbled upon, been faced with, or become enamored by the inimitable Cindy Sherman. She is the ultimate (though very white and female) art world success story. She is Peggy from Mad Men, busting out copy that’s better than all the dudes in the room.

Cindy Sherman is that socially awkward artist who kept doing her weirdo thing. Creatively, her interests are located somewhere between performative impersonations of media archetypes, a desire to photograph without becoming a commercial photographer, and an ongoing fascination with the historical self-portrait. Megacollector Eli Broad first discovered Sherman’s work at a Lower East Side gallery in 1982, and did his signature thing of buying up more than 20 of her works in one fell swoop. So began the beginning of Sherman’s art world career, and her business relationship with Broad.

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