Cindy Sherman - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Thursday, May 10, 2018 | Phillips
  • Provenance

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

  • Exhibited

    Kunsthalle Basel; Munich, Staatsgalerie Moderne Kunst; London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Cindy Sherman, March 28 - September 22, 1991, p. 63 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    Paris, Jeu de Paume; Kunsthaus Bregenz; Humlebæk, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Cindy Sherman, May 16, 2006 - September 10, 2007, pp. 142, 258 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    New York, Museum of Modern Art, Cindy Sherman, February 26 - June 11, 2012, p. 183 (another example exhibited and illustrated)

  • Literature

    Arthur C. Danto, Cindy Sherman: History Portraits, Paris, 1991, pl. 3, p. 19 (another example illustrated)
    Christa Schneider, Cindy Sherman: History Portraits, Munich, 1995, no. 51, p. 27 (another example illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Even when I was doing those history pictures, I was living in Rome but never went to the churches and museums there. I worked out of books, with reproductions. It's an aspect of photography I appreciate, conceptually: the idea that images can be reproduced and seen anytime, anywhere, by anyone."
    Cindy Sherman

  • 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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Untitled #226

signed, numbered and dated "Cindy Sherman 5/6 1990" on a label affixed to the reverse of the backing board
chromogenic print
sheet 47 1/4 x 29 1/2 in. (120 x 74.9 cm.)
frame 56 x 36 in. (142.2 x 91.4 cm.)

Executed in 1990, this work is number 5 from an edition of 6.

$250,000 - 350,000 

Sold for $300,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 16 May 2018