Untitled (#170)
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  • Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1996

  • Exhibited

    Oslo, Astrup Fearnley Museet; Stockholm, Moderna Museet; Kunsthaus Zürich, Cindy Sherman - Untitled Horrors, May 4, 2013 - September 14, 2014, p. 115 (another example exhibited and illustrated)

  • Literature

    Els Barents and Peter Schjeldahl, Cindy Sherman, Munich, 1987, no. 121, p. 253 (another example illustrated)
    Rosalind Krauss, Cindy Sherman: 1975-1993, New York, 1993, p. 139 (another example illustrated)

  • Artist Bio

    Cindy Sherman

    American • 1954

    Seminal to the Pictures Generation as well as contemporary photography and performance art, Cindy Sherman is a powerhouse art practitioner.  Wily and beguiling, Sherman's signature mode of art making involves transforming herself into a litany of characters, historical and fictional, that cross the lines of gender and culture. She startled contemporary art when, in 1977, she published a series of untitled film stills.

    Through mise-en-scène​ and movie-like make-up and costume, Sherman treats each photograph as a portrait, though never one of herself. She embodies her characters even if only for the image itself. Presenting subversion through mimicry, against tableaus of mass media and image-based messages of pop culture, Sherman takes on both art history and the art world.

    Though a shape-shifter, Sherman has become an art world celebrity in her own right. The subject of solo retrospectives across the world, including a blockbuster showing at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and a frequent exhibitor at the Venice Biennale among other biennials, Sherman holds an inextricable place in contemporary art history.

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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, CHICAGO

Untitled (#170)

signed, numbered and dated "Cindy Sherman 6/6 1987" on the reverse
chromogenic print
70 1/2 x 47 in. (179.1 x 119.4 cm.)
Executed in 1987, this work is number 6 from an edition of 6.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

sold for $45,000

Contact Specialist
John McCord
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 17 May 2017