Cindy Sherman’s Studio Is a Fancy Costume Shop

12/21/2009 12:11 PM |

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman, the most important photographer of the second half of the 20th century (right?), is also an endless source of Halloween costume inspiration, from the retro look of her early Untitled Film Stills series to the classical paintings, clown, dolls, fairy tale– and disaster-themed photos in her subsequent work.

Her most recent works (pictured) are less about mis-en-scene and more elaborately focused on makeup and costuming, and shot against a green screen so that the backdrop can be filled out digitally. I’m not crazy about these new pieces, but it’s hard not to fawn over Sherman’s every word (however inarticulate she may come across) in a video of a recent studio visit by PBS’s Art:21 Blog (embedded after the jump), especially when she starts pulling out heads and props from her old series.