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  • Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen

  • Literature

    R. Krauss, Cindy Sherman 1975 - 1993, New York, 1993, p. 238 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay


  • 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 # 217

1984, printed in 1990
Color coupler print.
51 x 34 in. (129.5 x 86.4 cm).

Signed and dated ‘Cindy Sherman 1984/90’ and numbered of 12 on a label adhered to the reverse. This work is from an edition of 12 plus two artist’s proofs.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

13 Nov 2009
New York