Cindy Sherman - 20th c. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Thursday, July 2, 2020 | Phillips

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  • In Short

    "I was thinking of the idea of the centerfold model. The pictures were meant to look like a model just after she’d been photographed for a centerfold. They aren’t cropped, and I thought that I wouldn’t bother with make-up and wigs and just change the lighting and experiment while using the same means in each."

    Cindy Sherman


  • Collection Appreciation

    Phillips is pleased to offer an outstanding selection of over 50 post-war and contemporary works from an important private collection across our 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales. Capturing the innovative temperament of the last 50 years of art history, this collection—meticulously amassed over 25 years—comprises artists that are some of the most highly regarded today.
    • Provenance

      Metro Pictures, New York
      Bonakdar Jancou Gallery, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1999

    • Exhibited

      New York, Metro Pictures, Cindy Sherman, October 16 - November 13, 1982 (another example exhibited)
      New York, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Decade Show, May 12 - August 19, 1990, p. 352 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 76)
      Hamburg, Deichtorhollen; Malmo, Konsthall; Lucerne, Kunstmuseum, Cindy Sherman: Photographic Work 1975-1995, May 25, 1995 - February 11, 1996, no. 44, n.p. (another example exhibited and illustrated)
      Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; Prague, Galerie Rudolfinum; London, Barbican Art Gallery; CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux; Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art; Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Cindy Sherman: Retrospective, November 2, 1997 - January 2, 2000, no. 79, pp. 109, 197 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 108)
      Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Jasper Johns to Jeff Koons: Four Decades of Art from the Broad Collections, October 7, 2001 - October 20, 2002, p. 194 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 144)
      Minneapolis, Walker Art Center; Los Angeles, UCLA Hammer Museum, The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1960 - 1982, October 11, 2003 - May 11, 2004, no. 159, p. 327 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 288)
      Paris, Jeu de Paume; Kunsthaus Bregenz; Humlebæk, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Cindy Sherman, May 16, 2006 - September 10, 2007, p. 317 (another example exhibited and illustrated, pp. 103, 251)
      Oslo, Astrup Fearnley Museet; Stockholm, Moderna Museet; Kunsthaus Zürich, Cindy Sherman: Untitled Horrors, May 4, 2013 - September 14, 2014, p. 225 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 72)
      London, Tate Modern, Performing for the Camera, February 18 - June 12, 2016, p. 237 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 132)
      Los Angeles, The Broad, Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life, June 11 - October 2, 2016, no. 44, p. 154 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 60)
      Sydney, New South Wales Art Gallery, Nude: Art from the Tate Collection, November 5, 2016 - February 5, 2017, pp. 26, 31, 199, 217 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 200); then traveled as Seoul Olympic Museum of Art; Yokohama Museum of Art, Nude: Masterpieces from Tate, August 11, 2017 - June 24, 2018, no. 114, p. 224 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 196)
      Shanghai, Fosun Foundation, Cindy Sherman, November 7, 2018 - January 13, 2019 (another example exhibited)
      London, National Portrait Gallery; Vancouver Art Gallery; Paris, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Cindy Sherman, June 27, 2019 - March 8, 2020, p. 252 (another example exhibited, p. 134)

    • Literature

      Cindy Sherman, exh. cat., Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam, 1982, no. 62, n.p. (another example illustrated)
      Peter Schjeldahl and I. Michael Danoff, Cindy Sherman, New York, 1984, no. 62, n.p. (another example illustrated)
      Cindy Sherman, Tokyo, 1987, n.p. (another example illustrated, p. 46)
      Rosalind Krauss, Cindy Sherman 1975-1993, New York, 1993, p. 99 (another example illustrated)
      Paul Moorhouse, Cindy Sherman, London, 2014, p. 46 (another example illustrated)
      Joanne Heyler, ed., The Broad Collection, Los Angeles, 2015, p. 170 (another example 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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A Discerning Vision Property from an Important Private Collection


Untitled #97

signed, numbered and dated "Cindy Sherman 1982 8/10" on a label affixed to the reverse of the backing board
chromogenic color print
image 45 x 30 in. (114.3 x 76.2 cm)
sheet 55 x 40 in. (139.7 x 101.6 cm)

Executed in 1982, this work is number 8 from an edition of 10 plus 2 artist's proofs.

Other examples from the edition are housed in the permanent collections of Tate, London and The Broad, Los Angeles.

Full Cataloguing

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $143,750

Contact Specialist

Rebekah Bowling
Head of Day Sale, Afternoon Session
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20th c. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 2 July 2020