Cindy Sherman - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Thursday, May 19, 2022 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York
    Private Collection, Cologne
    Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
    Christie’s, New York, November 8, 2011, lot 86
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Washington, D.C., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Cindy Sherman: Film Stills, March 15-June 25, 1995 (another example exhibited)
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Fact/Fiction: Contemporary Art that Walks the Line, February 12–April 16, 2000 (another example exhibited)
    Aspen Art Museum, Circa 1979, 2004

  • Literature

    Rosalind Krauss, Cindy Sherman 1975-1993, New York, 1993, p. 226
    Elizabeth Janus and Marion Lambert, Veronica’s Revenge: Contemporary Perspectives on Photography, Berlin, 1998, p. 69 (another example illustrated)
    David Frankel, Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills, New York, 2003, pp.44-45 (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 Film Still

signed, numbered and dated "Cindy Sherman 1/3 1980" on a label affixed to the reverse of the backing board
gelatin silver print
27 x 35 1/2 in. (68.6 x 90.2 cm)
Executed in 1980, this work is number 1 from an edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof.

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $264,600

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 19 May 2022