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  • Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York

  • Literature

    A.C. Danto, Cindy Sherman History Portraits, Munich/Paris, 1991, n.p. (illustrated)
    R. Krauss and N. Bryson, Cindy Sherman 1975-1993, New York, 1993, p. 228 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “In 1989 and 1990 Sherman turned her own attention to Art, which is to say, firmly and steadily towards the most overt and pronounced version of the scene of sublimation. (The very term high that explicitly or implicitly modifies art, announces this subliminatory effect as having has its origin in a gesture of raising one’s eyes to the place of the vertical and of thereby acceding to the field of the gestalt.) Sherman’s History Portraits revel in forming again and again the signifiers of the Form that high art celebrates, signifiers of verticality meshing with signifiers of the wholeness of the gestalt.” (R. Krauss, Cindy Sherman 1975-1993, New York, 1993, p. 173)

  • 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 #212

Color photograph in artist’s wooden frame.
34 x 25 in. (86.4 x 63.5 cm).
Signed, numbered of six and dated “Cindy Sherman 1989” on the reverse. This work is from an edition of six.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $180,000

Contemporary Art Part I

16 Nov 2006, 7pm
New York