Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Monica Vitti and Cindy Sherman

Two great women!!!
Very Inspirational.

A few weekends ago I went to see Donna. Avanguardia femminista negli anni '70 dalla Sammlung Verbund di Vienna at the Galleria Nazionale D'Arte Moderna and it was great! There was a lot of great stuff and artists like Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman, Birgit J├╝rgenssen, and many others. The show continues until May 16.

Cindy Sherman's film stills are inspired by some of her favorite directors like Hitchcock and Antonioni. I was impressed by these and how successfully the feeling that she was conveying came through. She was trying to make generic film stills that could belong to a number of film genres from the 60's, film noir, neo-realism and Hitchcock-esque thillers. I think that in many of these photos she gives the viewer the feeling of alienation and aloofness that Monica Vitti and Antonioni brought us.

They also both posed as black people...Cindy Sherman in her amazing photo series Bus Riders and Monica Vitti in L'Eclise, shown below.

Monica Vitti in L'Eclise by Michelangelo Antonioni. In this scene Monica Vitti has just gone to visit a friend who lived in Kenya. There is a moment of fantastical make believe/ dress up which is broken abruptly when her friend says that's enough playing at being African.

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