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History Portraits: Cindy Sherman

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In the late ’70s the artist Cindy Sherman cast herself as a B-movie heroine in a group of photographs that looked as if they were modeled on actual films. Now in her History Portraits Sherman has made herself up in a series of old master roles, some of which refer to actual paintings, but most of which strike the viewer as impressions of paintings badly remembered from forced marches through dank museums. The people Sherman impersonates here are decked out in false noses, breasts, and facial hair, reminding us that no ob-jects, not even objets d’art, are unalterable in the minds of others and fewer still are sacred. B+

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