Cindy Sherman - Contemporary Art Part II New York Tuesday, November 8, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York
    Galerie Rodolphe Janseen, Brussels

  • Exhibited

    New York, Metro Pictures, Cindy Sherman, October 26-November 23, 1996 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    A. Cruz and E. A. T. Smith, Cindy Sherman Retrospective, London: Thames and Hudson, 2007, p. 194 (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 #326

Cibachrome print.
57 7/8 x 39 in. (147 x 99.1 cm)
Signed and dated "Cindy Sherman, 1996" and numbered of six on the reverse. This work is from an edition of six.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $27,500

Contemporary Art Part II

8 November 2011
New York