Untitled (#174)
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  • Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1995

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Jeu de Paume; Bregenz, Kunsthaus; Humlebæk, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Cindy Sherman, 2006 - 2007, pp. 135, 255 (another example exhibited and illustrated)

  • Literature

    Els Barents and Peter Schjeldahl, Cindy Sherman, Munich, 1987, no. 125, p. 261 (another example illustrated)
    Rosalind Krauss, Cindy Sherman 1975-1993, New York, 1993, p. 230 (another example listed)

  • 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 (#174)

signed, numbered and dated "Cindy Sherman 4/6 1987" on the reverse
chromogenic print
71 x 47 1/2 in. (180.3 x 120.7 cm.)
Executed in 1987, this work is number 4 from an edition of 6.

Estimate
$70,000 - 100,000 

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

New York Auction 17 May 2017