Damien Hirst detests sausages! How Instagram became art’s new playground
Twisted selfies from Cindy Sherman, strange fruit from Wolfgang Tillmans, skull revelations from Damien Hirst as artists muscle in on the app, what have we learned about them?
‘Got my blonde on ,” writes Cindy Sherman in a recent Instagram post. In the photo, a woman with a blond wig and a computer-generated symphony of neck wrinkles, faces down the viewer.” Appears like some girls I insured at Mar-a-Lago ,” reads one comment. Good point: Sherman seems to have tapped into the Trump era’s gaudy glitz and glares. But there’s more to this.” Yeah and ?” the surly tilt of her head think this is saying, even if her eyes- poised between vulnerability and defiance like so many Sherman-created girls- tell a different story.
It’s odd that it took Sherman so long to set her work on Instagram. For decades, she was doing Instagram before Instagram. From Untitled Film Stills( 1977 -8 0 ) onwards, her art has dealt with all the stuff that captivates and disgusts about the photo-sharing site: the narcissism, the perils and pleasures of self-exhibition, the cunningly filtered fantasies masquerading as the real thing.
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