Cindy Sherman - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 16, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York; Private collection, USA

  • Exhibited

    Hamburg, Deichtorhallen, Cindy Sherman: Photographic Work 1975 - 1995, May 25 - July 30, 1995 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Z. Felix and M. Schwander, ed.s, Cindy Sherman: Photographic Work 1975 - 1995, Munich, 1995 n.p. (illustrated)

  • 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 #304

Color photograph.  
58 7/8 x 38 3/4 in. (149.5 x 98.4 cm).
Signed, dated, and numbered of six on the reverse "Cindy Sherman 1994."  This work is from an edition of six.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $47,800

Contemporary Art Part II

16 May 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York