Alexandra Jacobs
November 12, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Art-world darling Sherman started out benignly enough, dolling herself up as anonymous blowsy B-movie characters in her famed series of 69 Untitled Film Stills. Then this dour mannequin moved on to less subtly disturbing projects…like the occasional corpse. After a brief interval of bawdy Old Master reenactments?boom, the props took over: dolls? limbs pulled off, naughty bits mangled together pell-mell as if to say ?take that, Jesse Helms.? You might want to keep some of the provocative, unlovely stuff away from the kiddies, but it?s certainly crude for thought.

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