Cindy Sherman honored in new retrospective at Fondation Louis Vuitton

US artist Cindy Sherman at the WSJ Magazine 2019 Innovator Awards at MOMA on November 6, 2019 in New York City

"A retrospective (1975-2020)," will mark the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the American photographer held in Europe in over ten years.

The retrospective will feature more than 300 images spanning Sherman's entire professional life, including never-before-seen works by the 65-year-old American artist.

Among them are her renowned "Untitled Film Stills" mostly from the late ‘70s, in which Sherman poses in the guises of various female characters from film noir, B movies, and European art-house films.

Also on show at the Paris venue will be Sherman's "Broken Dolls" and "Hollywood/Hampton Types" series, in which the photographer takes aim at popular notions of femininity, celebrity, and Hollywood stereotypes.

The exhibition, designed in close collaboration with Sherman herself, will particularly focus on recent pieces produced in the early 2010s.

The Foundation Louis Vuitton will also hold the exhibition "Crossing Views," which will run parallel to "A retrospective (1975-2020)."

This new exhibit will present Sherman's work alongside pieces from the institution's private collection, reflecting on "the theme of the portrait and its interpretation through different approaches and media."

Visitors will notably be able to discover around 60 pieces by the likes of Damien Hirst, Clément Cogitore, Marina Abramovic, Andy Warhol, Gilbert & George, Louise Bourgeois, Ming Wong and more.

As i-D pointed out, this is not the first time that the fashion house Louis Vuitton pays homage to the American visual artist.

Sherman reinvented the house's signature monogrammed canvas, invented by Georges Vuitton in 1896, as part of the 2014 "The Icon and the Iconoclasts: Celebrating Monogram" project.

She notably took inspiration from the patchwork of hotel stickers affixed to vintage Louis Vuitton trunks for a limited-edition bag, captured at the time in a photographic series by British photographer Johnny Dufort.

"A retrospective (1975-2020)" and "Crossing Views" will both be on view from April 1 through August 31 at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

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