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“We are products of what we want to project to the world.”


News broke at the start of the year that Fondation Louis Vuitton would be hosting a retrospective on the seminal American photographer Cindy Sherman.

Sherman may be best known for her work of contemporary self-portraits: staging and styling herself within hyperrealistic sittings, acting as various characters in the likes of prim duchesses, grinning cowgirls, millionaire divorcees, flamboyant clowns, the list goes on and on…

While the art world and fashion world alike rejoiced the announcement of her encroaching show, an air of worry began to hover: would it actually come to light? In the midst of Corona, the show was being installed. Despite numerous setbacks, budget cuts, staff limitations, and shipping regulations, Cindy reigns and the show goes on.

Alongside her large retrospective, there will also be a special exhibit entitled Crossing Views curated by Ms. Sherman herself, out of pieces from the Fondation’s permanent collection: artists include Louise Bourgeois, Damien Hirst, Marina Abramovic, Wolfgang Tillmans, and more.


"As I was looking through a book about German Expressionist films and their stars, it all came together because of the extreme way actors made their faces up in those early day of film in order to pop out in the black-and-white. I just wanted to use makeup in the same way, partly perhaps because as women get older, they're told to wear less makeup."

Previously unseen works will be presented in the exhibit.
The show is through 31 August at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.


Text by Janna Shaw
Images Courtesy of Fondation Louis Vuitton

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