From the Director: Cindy Sherman

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Cindy Sherman, United States b. 1954 / Untitled #462 (and details) 2007–08 / Purchased 2011 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

Cindy Sherman doesn’t want for the world’s attention – she has had it since the late-1970s, when ‘Untitled Film Stills’ announced her arrival. I am so pleased we were able to welcome Cindy to GOMA for the opening of her exhibition ‘Cindy Sherman’.

Cindy’s most recent show opened 3 weeks ago in New York and we are privileged to have six of those works on display here in Brisbane. Being able to work with an artist of Cindy Sherman’s stature has fed into our recent drive to develop exhibitions directly with some of the world’s most interesting and enduring artists.

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As an inspiration to the development of the exhibition, in 2011, our major benefactor Tim Fairfax gifted us a work from Cindy Sherman’s Balenciaga collaboration. It features two women who really have to be twins; the ‘feminist studies academic’ and the ‘more out there’ one – same make-up, hair, dress, jewellery and big tortoise shell glasses. Their only distinctive features are a jacket and a knitted coat; one closed, one held open – both trimmed in faux-fur collars; one natural, one brightly coloured! It’s opening night in what looks like a re-purposed industrial art space. This is Sherman’s superb instinct for a trope.

All of us ‘gallery goers’ should be just as thrilled to now see this one work surrounded by 55 more, which between them map an irresistible assignation of life’s characters. I encourage you to see ‘Cindy Sherman’ on display at GOMA until 3 October.

Installation of ‘Cindy Sherman’ GOMA

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, the Cindy Sherman Up Late series will showcase an all-female line-up of international and Australian performers, including Eleanor Friedberger, Major Leagues, Mojo Juju, Kimya Dawson,  Sampa the Great, Jess Ribeiro and Teeth & Tongue.

To complement the exhibition, the Australian Cinémathèque at GOMA presents In Character, a cinema program of more than 65 films focusing on ideas and personas also reflected in Sherman’s photography.

‘Cindy Sherman’ | Until 3 October 2016 | Ticketed
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Cindy Sherman Up Late | Ticketed
5.30pm – 10.00pm | Fridays 17 & 24 Jun; 1 Jul; 9, 16, 23, 30 Sep 2016
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‘In Character’ | Until 28 August 2016
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Tickets on sale through qtix (booking fees apply) or at the GOMA Box Office from one hour prior to film screenings.

The project is accompanied by a series of free programs and events
In Character: Video Montages | Free
In Character: Absolutely Fabulous | Free
In Character: Variety Hour | Free