Cindy Sherman poses as, and photographs herself as, Judith beheading Holofernes.

365 Days of Art: January 19 – Cindy Sherman Is Born

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #228, 1990

January 19, 1954

Cindy Sherman, American artist, is born. She is known for playing multiple roles in the creation of her photos, such as serving as her own make-up artist, hairdresser, and model, as well as photographer. Additionally, although her portraits are of herself, they aren’t truly self-portraits, since she takes on another persona. For example, she posed as 50s-style actresses in her film stills, or painstakingly reenacted famous paintings from art history by donning prosthetics as necessary, or posing as males.

Fun Fact: Cindy Sherman is the stepmom of actress Gaby Hoffmann (the little girl from Field of Dreams and Sleepless in Seattle, the girlfriend in You Can Count on Me–probably my favorite movie–and recently seen on TV in Louie and Girls).

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