Cindy Sherman - 80s New York Friday, December 17, 2010 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Sale: Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles, Fine Photographs, April 18, 2006, lot 517

  • Artist Biography

    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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Doctor and Nurse

Diptych. Silver gelatin prints.
Each 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm).
Each signed, dated "Cindy Sherman, 1980-7" and numbered of 125 on the reverse. This work is from an edition of 125 plus 15 artist's proofs.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $15,000


17 December 2010
New York