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The largest retrospective of Cindy Sherman’s work to be held in Los Angeles in over 20 years is currently on display at the Broad. The Broad has curated a series of large and small scale works that survey the artists career. It has combined works from its own extensive collection of Sherman as well as  key loans from other institutions. The work of Sherman has a particular resonance for Eli and Edye Broad, the founders of the institution, who began collecting Sherman’s work over thirty years ago. Since then they have amassed the largest collection of Sherman’s work in the world. As an artist, Sherman is known for her images that see her become the self directed model. She constructs an identity that shifts from one image to the next. She questions notions of persona, environment and media, as well as critically examining questions of authenticity and identity, and most importantly the notion of representation and the deceptive role of the image in contemporary culture. She presents a critic of the mediated personalities that we engage with in modern life. In 1997 Marc Jancou presented an exhibition of Sherman's work in an exhibition entitled: History Painting in London. In this body of work Sherman reappopriates the historic image using the modern medium of photography. The exhibition entitled: Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life, runs until October 2nd, 2016.