Leonardo da Vinci, The head of Leda c1505-8. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11/Royal Collection Trust

Leonardo da Vinci, The head of Leda c1505-8. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11/Royal Collection Trust

cindy sherman

WHAT? CINDY SHERMAN

WHERE?  National Portrait Gallery, St Martins Place, London, WC2H OHE

WHEN?  Now - 15th September 

WHY GO? To uncover the real Cindy Sherman, if you can! She’s the enigmatic American photographer who has made a career out of morphing into someone else.  She turned dressing up for fun into an obsession, photographing herself in multitudes of different guises with the help of props, prosthetics, wigs and make-up.  One minute, she’s a clown, next she’s a femme fatale.  Shades of Hitchcock lurk as her favourite film, ‘Rear Window’ played a seminal part in launching her photographic career, which has led to enriching collaborations with fashion names like Gaultier, Chanel and Stella McCartney to name but a few. It’s a weird but wonderful exploration, thought provoking if a little unsettling at times to view!

IN THE KNOW?  Does she ridicule or praise? Sherman’s Cover Girl series are amongst the most arresting photographs created around magazine covers with herself as THE Cover Girl.  Most famous is her take on a Jerry Hall Vogue cover from the Seventies; she virtually pulls it off to become a convincing Jerry;  it has to be seen to be believed!