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Cindy Sherman (born in 1954), Untitled Film Still no. 62, 1977-2003, gelatin silver print, 2/10. Carol and David Appel Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
Cindy Sherman (born in 1954), Untitled Film Still no. 62, 1977-2003, gelatin silver print, 2/10. Carol and David Appel Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
From December 11, 2019 to March 29, 2020

Volte-face

Cette exposition regroupe les réalisations de trois artistes américaines majeures dont la pratique est profondément engagée dans l’histoire de la représentation des femmes. Les œuvres mises en lumière sont issues de la collection de Carol et de David Appel, importants collectionneurs d’art contemporain international.

Sherman and Simmons

Two representatives from the Pictures Generation, Sherman and Simmons, deconstruct how mass media infiltrates the construction of the female identity. The exhibition features Simmons’ major work *Walking Camera (Jimmy the Camera) II *(1987), which ironizes the relationship between photography and the representation of the female body.

Their work is set in dialogue with one of Harrison‘s most important photographic projects, Voyage of the Beagle (2007). This work constitutes a photographic journey into the history of sculptural representations of the body – both human and animal – ranging from ancient menhirs to taxidermy deer, to modern-day mannequins. The photographs by Harrison, Sherman and Simmons force us to recognize that the deeper reality is always beyond the face of the image, outside the frame, in the intervening spaces.

Cindy Sherman (born in 1954), Untitled no. 378, 1976–2000, gelatin silver print, 15/20. Carol and David Appel Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
Credit
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (born in 1957), Pollycolour, 2014

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (born in 1957), Pollycolour, 2014, acrylic on canvas. Photo Joseph Hartman.

Rachel Harrison (born in 1966), Voyage of the Beagle, 2007, set 6 from a suite of 57 photographs, pigmented inkjet print, exhibition copy. Carol and David Appel Collection. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York

Rachel Harrison (born in 1966), Voyage of the Beagle, 2007, set 6 from a suite of 57 photographs, pigmented inkjet print, exhibition copy. Carol and David Appel Collection. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York

Cindy Sherman (born in 1954), Untitled no. 581, 2016, dye sublimation metal print, 3/6. Carol and David Appel Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Cindy Sherman (born in 1954), Untitled no. 581, 2016, dye sublimation metal print, 3/6. Carol and David Appel Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Publication

The exhibition About Face: Photographs by Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons and Rachel Harrison, from the collection of Carol and David Appel is accompanied by an illustrated book from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ publishing department.

Publication, About Face

Credits and Curator

An exhibition organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Curator: Mary-Dailey Desmarais, Curator of International Modern and Contemporary Art, MMFA. Official Partners: Air Canada, Denalt Paints.

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Cindy Sherman (born in 1954), Untitled no. 378, 1976–2000, gelatin silver print, 15/20. Carol and David Appel Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Cindy Sherman (born in 1954), Untitled no. 378, 1976–2000, gelatin silver print, 15/20. Carol and David Appel Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (born in 1957), Pollycolour, 2014

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (born in 1957), Pollycolour, 2014, acrylic on canvas. Photo Joseph Hartman.

Rachel Harrison (born in 1966), Voyage of the Beagle, 2007, set 6 from a suite of 57 photographs, pigmented inkjet print, exhibition copy. Carol and David Appel Collection. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York

Rachel Harrison (born in 1966), Voyage of the Beagle, 2007, set 6 from a suite of 57 photographs, pigmented inkjet print, exhibition copy. Carol and David Appel Collection. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York

Cindy Sherman (born in 1954), Untitled no. 581, 2016, dye sublimation metal print, 3/6. Carol and David Appel Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Cindy Sherman (born in 1954), Untitled no. 581, 2016, dye sublimation metal print, 3/6. Carol and David Appel Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Publication, About Face
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