press release

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is thrilled to present Cindy Sherman: Working Girl for its inaugural Decade Series opening September 16, 2005. In this series, artists who have made significant contributions to the dialogue of contemporary art are invited to work with the Contemporary to develop shows that highlight a moment in each of their careers that has particular resonance.

Cindy Sherman: Working Girl will include rarely seen works from the beginning of her career in the mid-1970s. These works focus on Sherman’s early exploration of female identity as a young woman and function as the precursor for Sherman’s first major body of work which has received critical acclaim, the Untitled Film Stills. This exhibition offers a unique glimpse into the early development of Sherman’s career and how these early photographs informed the work that made her one of the most famous photographers of our time.

One of the most admired and influential artists of her generation, Sherman’s work has been collected and exhibited by major museums throughout the world since 1980. She has been the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship grant, known as the "genius" award, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and most recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Visual Arts by the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Cindy Sherman currently lives and works in New York City. A catalog published by the Contemporary will accompany the exhibition. Cindy Sherman and Catherine Morris, essayist for the catalog will attend the exhibition’s St. Louis opening.


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Cindy Sherman: Working Girl