Cindy Sherman (February 29, 2012) This catalogue, which is said to feature around 180 photographs with each of her series well-represented, accompanies Sherman’s upcoming retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. It is said to be 264 pages long, and will also feature essays, most notably one from director John Waters. Pre-order at Amazon
Cindy Sherman: The Early Works, 1975-1977 (May 31, 2012) This promises to be an extremely exciting publication, because it is said to feature almost 300 pieces that Sherman created as a student at SUNY Buffalo—before the infamous Untitled Film Stills, which many mistakenly believe to be her first works. Most of these images have never been seen before, I believe. Pre-order at Amazon
“Well, [I] was painting in school, but realistically. I went into photography because it seemed like a fast way to say what you want rather than laboriously making something look real. And here we go again about reality. I have never had a very good abstract sensibility. My mind needed organization so when I started photography it was out of a conceptual art vein making projects for myself.”—Cindy Sherman, on why she switched her major from painting to photography.
“I’ve tried collaborating, but I’m not very argumentative so I end up agreeing to whatever the other person wants. Even if I hired a model or an assistant, I’d end up feeling I had to look busy for their benefit… I’m happiest when there’s nobody here but me.”—Cindy Sherman
“I remember having an old suitcase filled with my sisters’ old prom dresses, so sometimes I’d put on my mother’s high heels and try to look pretty. But at some point I became more interested in trying to look scary. And when I found some of my great-grandmother’s clothes they seemed to me more like a real costume. So I tried to look like my great-grandmother—like a real old woman… It wasn’t about being lonely or wanting a friend. It was about wanting to change the angles of my face to become someone else.”—Cindy Sherman