Born in 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Cindy Sherman is counted among the most important artists of the last half-century. Upon graduating from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976, Sherman moved to New York City where she began making the seminal Untitled Film Stills. She has gone on to photograph and cast herself in various roles through her masterful use of make-up, costume, setting and pose. A retrospective of Sherman’s work was organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2012 and accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue. The exhibition traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Dallas Museum of Art. At the same time, Hatje Cantz, in cooperation with the Sammlung Verbund Vienna, published a comprehensive catalogue raisonné of formative early works produced by Sherman between 1975 and 1977. Sherman had major exhibitions from 2013 to 2015 at Me Collectors Room Berlin, Stiftung Olbricht; Sammlung Goetz, Munich; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo and Kunsthaus Zürich. In 2016 Sherman opened one-person exhibitions at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and the Broad Museum in Los Angeles.
Sherman has participated in four Venice Biennales and in 2013 co-curated a section of the biennale with Massimilano Gioni. Her work had also been included in five iterations of the Whitney Biennial, two Biennales of Sydney and the 1983 Documenta. Prior museum exhibitions include Jeu de Paume, Paris; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, Copenhagen; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; Serpentine Gallery, London; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Cindy Sherman was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography in 1983, and joined the Foundation's board of trustees in 2016.