First Cindy Sherman UK Retrospective to Exhibit at National Portrait Gallery London

Cindy Sherman fans in the UK may want to mark their calendars for the photographer’s first retrospective exhibit in the country.

Are you both a fan of Cindy Sherman’s work and planning a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in London? You might want to mark your calendars for her first UK retrospective exhibit. It won’t be until mid-2019, but that gives you loads of time to prepare and get a refresher on her work.

The British Journal of Photography has given us a heads up that Sherman’s first retrospective show in London’s NPG is set for June 27 – September 15, 2019. Simply titled Cindy Sherman, the exhibit will showcase around 180 works, including the seminal Untitled Film Stills and Cover Girl series from her student days. Other items of interest to look out for in the show are her more recent works like Clowns and Society Portraits, as well as some studio materials that provide insights into her creative process.

Untitled Film Stills, taken in New York City from 1977-1980, features 70 images that garnered her the reputation of a seminal and exploratory self-portraitist. In this retrospective exhibit, NPG zooms in on Sherman’s “manipulation of her own appearance and her deployment of material derived from a range of cultural sources, including film, advertising and fashion” in order to get a closer look into the “tension between façade and identity.”

NPG director Nicholas Cullinan and the show’s curator, Paul Moorhouse, both believe that Sherman’s work is more relevant, depicting today’s age of selfies and social media. “No other artist interrogates the illusions presented by modern culture in such a penetrating way – or scrutinizes so tellingly the facades that people adopt,” Moorhouse added. “Proving the elusive connection between appearance and meaning, her work explores contemporary life – and with sharp observation exposes its deceptions.”

Learn more about this upcoming show on the National Portrait Gallery website.

Untitled Film Still #15 photo by Cindy Sherman via National Portrait Gallery