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Book Review: 'Retrospective'

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Art-world darling Sherman started out benignly enough, dolling herself up as anonymous blowsy B-movie characters in her famed series of 69 Untitled Film Stills. Then this dour mannequin moved on to less subtly disturbing projects … like the occasional corpse. After a brief interval of bawdy Old Master reenactments — boom, the props took over: dolls’ limbs pulled off, naughty bits mangled together pell-mell as if to say ”take that, Jesse Helms.” You might want to keep some of the provocative, unlovely stuff away from the kiddies, but it’s certainly crude for thought. B+

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