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

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  • Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, The Museum of Modern Art, The Complete Untitled Film Stills: Cindy Sherman, June 26 - September 2, 2007, p. 4 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    Vienna, Sammlung Verbund, The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s: Works from Sammlung Verbund Collection, October 7, 2016 - January 15, 2017, p. 457 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    Worcester Art Museum, Photo Revolution: Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman, November 16, 2019 - February 16, 2020, p. 101 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 32)

  • Literature

    Gabriele Schor, Cindy Sherman: The Early Works 1975 - 1977, Ostfildern, 2012, no. 16, p. 122 (another example illustrated, p. 123)
    Molly Nesbit, Midnight - The Tempest Essays, New York, 2017, p. 113 (another example illustrated)
    Nina Schallenberg, ed., 40 Works: Marx Collection, Berlin, 2019, p. 152 (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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Untitled (Lucille Ball)

signed and dated "Cindy S 1975/2001" on the reverse
Fujicolor Crystal Archive print
10 x 7 3/4 in. (25.4 x 19.7 cm)
Photographed in 1975 and printed in 2001.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $15,625

Contact Specialist

Rebekah Bowling
Head of Day Sale, Afternoon Session
New York

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20th c. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 2 July 2020