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Untitled #108. 1984

The pictures in Sherman’s 1981 centerfolds series refer to both the printed page and, in their stereoscope format, the cinema. Originally commissioned by Artforum magazine, these send-ups of men’s erotic magazines depict a variety of women in different emotional states, ranging from terrified to heartbroken to melancholic. In these intimate pictures, it’s as if we are witnessing a private moment unfolding. The photographs are at once seductive and anxiety-inducing; the saturated palette contributes to the intensity and the alienation of the women, heightening the drama of each picture. With this series, Sherman takes on the roles of both photographer (assumed to be male) and female model. The antitheses of conventional centerfolds, the works foreground the effect that pictures have on us, making us aware of, and complicit in, the acts of photographing and looking.

Untitled #96. 1981

The pictures in Sherman’s 1981 centerfolds series refer to both the printed page and, in their stereoscope format, the cinema. Originally commissioned by Artforum magazine, these send-ups of men’s erotic magazines depict a variety of women in different emotional states, ranging from terrified to heartbroken to melancholic. In these intimate pictures, it’s as if we are witnessing a private moment unfolding. The photographs are at once seductive and anxiety-inducing; the saturated palette contributes to the intensity and the alienation of the women, heightening the drama of each picture. With this series, Sherman takes on the roles of both photographer (assumed to be male) and female model. The antitheses of conventional centerfolds, the works foreground the effect that pictures have on us, making us aware of, and complicit in, the acts of photographing and looking.

Untitled #95. 1981

Chromogenic color print, 24 x 48" (61 x 121.9 cm). Collection of Ninah and Michael Lynne. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #85. 1981

Chromogenic color print, 22 x 48" (61 x 121.9 cm). Collection of Jean Pigozzi, Geneva. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #86. 1981

Chromogenic color print, 24 x 48" (61 x 121.9 cm). Eric Fischl and April Gornik. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #94. 1981

Chromogenic color print, 24 x 48" (61 x 121.9 cm). The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #89. 1981

Chromogenic color print, 24 x 48" (61 x 121.9 cm). Dallas Museum of Art, General Acquisitions Fund. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #93. 1981

Chromogenic color print, 24 x 48" (61 x 121.9 cm). Marieluise Hessel Collection, Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #96. 1981

Chromogenic color print, 24 x 48" (61 x 121.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Carl D. Lobell. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #91. 1981

Chromogenic color print, 24 x 48" (61 x 121.9 cm). Neda Young, New York. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #92. 1981

Chromogenic color print, 24 x 48" (61 x 121.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Fellows of Photography Fund. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #90. 1981

Chromogenic color print, 24 x 48" (61 x 121.9 cm). Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of Joan Simon. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

Marina Abramović (Artist)
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Untitled #88. 1981

Chromogenic color print, 24 x 48" (61 x 121.9 cm). Sender Collection, New York. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #87. 1981

Chromogenic color print, 24 x 48" (61 x 121.9 cm). Collection Per Skarstedt. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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