Cindy Sherman - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 15, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York

  • Exhibited

    Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art; Prague, Galerie Rudolfinum; London, Barbican Art Gallery; Bordeaux, CAPC Musé d'Arte Contemporaine; Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art; Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario: Cindy Sherman: Retrospective, November 1997 - January 2000 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    R. Krauss, Cindy Sherman 1975-1993, New York, 1993, p. 160-161 (illustrated); A. Cruz, E. A. T. Smith & A. Jones, Cindy Sherman: Retrospective, London, 1997, p. 144, no. 100 (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 #184

59 1/4 x 89 1/4 in. (150.5 x 226.7 cm).
This work is from an edition of six. 

$35,000 - 45,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

15 May 2009, 10am
New York