Cindy Sherman - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 11, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cindy Sherman Retrospective, November 2, 1997-February 1, 1998; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, February 28-May 31, 1998; Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, June 25-August 23, 1998; Barbican Art Gallery, London, September 10-December 13, 1998; CAPC Musée d'art Contemporain, Bordeaux, February 6-April 25, 1999; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, June 4-August 29, 1999; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, October 1, 1999-January 2, 2000

  • Literature

    A. Cruz, E. A. T. Smith and A. Jones, Cindy Sherman Retrospective, London, 1997, p. 121 (illustrated)
    J. Rouart, ed., Cindy Sherman, Paris, Jeu de Paume, 2006, pp. 165, 258 (illustrated)
    R. Krauss, Cindy Sherman 1975-1993, New York, 1993, p. 211 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    'While Lynda Benglis and Kiki Smith - paralleling Marcel Duchamp's sexual objects of the 1950s - draw on the three-dimensionality of sculpture to merge concavity and convexity into a confusion of sexual parts, Sherman (as always) makes use of the illusionary space of the photograph to stage the merging of female and male into a repulsive amputated erotic object (subject?).'
    (A. Jones, "Tracing the Subject with Cindy Sherman", Cindy Sherman Retrospective, London, 1997, p. 47)

  • 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 #259

color photograph
60 x 40 in. (152.4 x 101.6 cm)
Signed, numbered, and dated "Cindy Sherman, 1/6, 1993" on the reverse. This work is number one from an edition of six.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $122,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

Contemporary Art Day
11 May 2012
New York