Go.

If you are at all interested in the intersection of art and photography, you must go. To see the show.

That is: Cindy Sherman at the Vancouver Art Gallery (until March 8, 2020). This is the same show that was at the National Portrait Gallery in London earlier this year, for which a helpful Guardian review was written.

I’ve seen Sherman’s work in books, watched her images being displayed and mentioned in TV documentaries among and beside that of other artists, read praises and vilifications (both confusing) from the writings of the art-crit crowd. And therefore I was hoping to be surprised to see her work on gallery walls, especially as it seemed to me that this was the intended form for the work.

And I am simply beyond surprised. The work is stunning, and the sheer range of image making, let alone the inventiveness and art-theory-meta that is going on, makes for a very rich experience. Those keen on the technical side of printing will be pleased, too, in seeing not only the earlier silver-gelatin work, and some of the C-prints, but also the more recent dye-sublimation prints with their remarkably intense vivid hues.

Go.