Cindy Sherman - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, November 17, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, November 2, 1997 - February 1, 1998; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, February 28 - May 31, 1998; Prague, Galerie Rudolfinum, June 25 - August 23, 1998; London, Barbican Art Gallery, September 10 - December 13, 1998; Le capcMusée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, February 6 - April 25, 1999; Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, June 4 - August 29, 1999; and Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, October 1, 1999 - January 2, 2000, Cindy Sherman: Retrospective (another example illustrated, p. 59, pl. 8)

  • Literature

    P. Schjeldahl and I. M. Danoff, Cindy Sherman, Munich, 1984, pl. 7 (illustrated); A. C. Danto, Untitled Film Stills: Cindy Sherman, Munich, 1990/1998, pl. 7 (illustrated); Z. Felix and M. Schwander, eds., Cindy Sherman: Photographic Work 1975-1995, Munich, 1995, pl. 3 (illustrated); D. Frankel, ed., The Complete Untitled Film Stills: Cindy Sherman, New York, 2003, p. 126 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "I can think of no body of work at once so timeless and yet so much of its own time as Cindy Sherman's stills, no oeurve which addresses us in our common humanity and at the same time induces the most advanced speculations on Post-Modernity, no images which say something profound about the feminine condition and yet touch us at a level beyond sexual difference. They are wry, arch, clever works, smart, sharp, and cool. But they are among the rare works of recent decades that rise to the demand on great art, that it embody the transformative metaphors for the meaning of human reality." (A. C. Danto, Untitled Film Stills: Cindy Sherman, Munich, 1990/1998, p. 14)

  • 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 #8

Gelatin silver print.
33 1/2 x 41 in. (85.1 x 104.1 cm).
Signed, titled and dated "Cindy Sherman 1978 MP #8" on the reverse. This work is from an edition of three.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $108,000

Contemporary Art Part II

17 Nov 2006, 10am & 2pm
New York