Cindy Sherman Idol

April 2009

If there was ever a Cindy Sherman Idol, I would totally be into that. But really, what’s the point of the self-portrait? I mean, what’s the effing point? Our ancestor artist-shamans painted vales full of game. Historical mythology brought us images of gods, saints/bodhisattvas/hench(wo)men, heaven, hell, the in-between. Then I recall Albrecht Dürer’s lifelong self-portraiture beginning at age 13 (he seemed to idealize himself, rather than document, like Rembrandt). Are myspace and sexting money shots the latest incarnation of the West’s individualistic cargo cult that began in the Renaissance? I am thinking of art history, idealization, documentary, illustration.

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