Untitled #153

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  • Provenance


    Metro Pictures, New York

  • Exhibited

    Mexico City, Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Memento Mori, November 1986 – February 1987, p. 35 (illustrated; another example exhibited); New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Cindy Sherman, Retrospective, July 9 – October 4, 1987, pl. 101 and cover (illustrated; another example exhibited); Basel, Kunsthalle, Cindy Sherman, March 28 – May 20, 1991; Munich, Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst, June 21 – July 24, 1991; and London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, August 2 – September 22, 1991, p. 43 (illustrated; another example exhibited); Mexico City, Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Imagenes de Guerra, June – October 1992, p. 59 and cover (illustrated; another example exhibited); Hamburg, Deichtorhallen, Cindy Sherman, Photoworks 1975 – 1995, May 25 – July 30, 1995; Malmo, Konsthall, August 26 – October 22, 1995; and Luzern, Kunstmuseum, December 8, 1995 – February 11, 1996, pl. 104 (illustrated; another example exhibited); Shiga, Museum of Modern Art, Cindy Sherman, July 6 – August 18, 1996; Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, September 8 – October 13, 1996; and Tokyo, Museum of  Contemporary Art, October 26 – December 15, 1996, p. 114 (illustrated; another example exhibited); Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cindy Sherman: Retrospective, November 2, 1997 – February 1, 1998; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, February 28 – May 31, 1998; Prague, Galerie Rudolfinum, June 25 – August 23, 1998; London, Barbican Art Gallery, September 10 – December 13, 1998; Bordeaux, CAPC, Musee d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, February 26 –April 25, 1999; Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, June 4 –August 29, 1999; and Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, October 1, 1999 –January 2, 2000, p. 134 (illustrated; another example exhibited); Aspen Art Museum, 20 Years / 20 Artists, August 5 – September 26, 1999, pl. 1 and cover (illustrated; another example exhibited).

  • Literature


    Cindy Sherman, exhibition catalogue, Westfalischer Kunstverein, Munster 1985, p. 37 (illustrated); A. D’Hooghe, “Cindy Sherman: Qui est cette femme?,” in Cliches Magazine, no. 31, 1986, pp. 1 and 40 (illustrated); Cindy Sherman, exhibition catalogue, PARCO, Tokyo 1987, p. 63 (illustrated); S. Nairne, State of the Art: Ideas & Images in the 1980s, London 1987; Life Size, exhibition catalogue, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem 1990, p. 165 (illustrated); Cedco Publishing Staff, Contemporary American Women Artists, California 1991, p. 79 (illustrated); “Cindy Sherman,” in Künstler – Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, no. 18, Munich 1992, p. 12 (illustrated); Perils et Coleres, exhibition catalogue, CAPC Musee d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, 1992, p. 55 (illustrated); R. Krauss, Cindy Sherman: Works 1975 –1993, New York 1993, pp. 132 and 223 (illustrated); Image Makers, exhibition catalogue, Nassau County Museum of Art, New York 1994, p. 41 (illustrated); C. Morris, The Essential Cindy Sherman, New York 1999, p. 78 (illustrated); F. Bonami, Supercontemporary. Cindy Sherman, Milan 2007, p. 57 (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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Untitled #153

Executed in 1985
Color photograph.
67 1/4 x 49 1/2 in. (170.8 x 125.7 cm).
Signed, numbered and dated ‘Cindy Sherman 5/6 1985’ (on the reverse).  This work is from an edition of 6.

Estimate
$2,000,000 - 3,000,000 

sold for $2,770,500

Carte Blanche

8 November 2010  6pm
New York