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The satir­i­cal por­traits of New York-based artist Cindy Sher­man (City Gallery, Welling­ton, Novem­ber 19-March 19) skewer so­ci­ety’s fas­ci­na­tion with fe­male ap­pear­ance, fash­ion and celebrity; Sher­man mod­els for her own pho­to­graphs, trans­form­ing her ap­pear­ance through make-up, cos­tumes, wigs, pros­the­ses and dig­i­tal ef­fects. Her works in the past 30 years span a range of per­sonas: siren, clown, fash­ion vic­tim, age­ing so­cialite – “at turns amus­ing and disturbing, dis­taste­ful and af­fect­ing”, notes the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, host of her ma­jor 2012 ret­ro­spec­tive. While you’re in town, swing by Te Papa for Se­cret Power (un­til Fe­bru­ary 2017), the New Zealand pre­miere of four works from Si­mon Denny’s 2015 Venice Bi­en­nale ex­hi­bi­tion, which ad­dresses con­tem­po­rary is­sues of mass sur­veil­lance, na­tional iden­tity and in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity.

Cindy Sher­man

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