‘I believe [Cindy Sherman] is one of the most important living artists,’ says New York-based art dealer Philippe Segalot. ‘She is able to reinvent herself over and over [by] having only one theme: herself.’
The ‘Food’ works offered in A Visual Odyssey: Selection from LAC (Lambert Art Collection are, Segalot argues, ‘a little unusual’ because the artist does not appear in them, but even in these images of food and moisture, he says she is able to transform them into ‘something quite beautiful’.
Sir Norman Rosenthal agrees that Sherman’s work is about ‘transformation’. The ‘Food’ pictures, he adds, ‘are also about herself, they’re like the inside of her body.’ Not only do they represent the ‘turbulence going on inside all of us’, he says, it is as if the artist is ‘turning herself inside out’.
Segalot and Rosenthal go on to discuss the ‘Clown’ paintings, which, Rosenthal says, represent all of us in a sense: ‘every time you put clothes on in the morning and you go out, you are to some degree a clown.’
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