Cindy Sherman - 20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

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

  • Exhibited

    New York, Metro Pictures, Cindy Sherman, January 6 - 27, 1990 (another example exhibited)
    Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Energieen, April 8 - July 29, 1990, p. 50 (another example exhibited and illustrated, pp. 52, 54, 56)
    Barcelona, Centre d'Art Santa Mònica, To Be and Not to Be, April 23 - June 1990, p. 213 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 196)
    Roslyn, Nassau County Museum of Art, Image Makers, October 3, 1993 - January 2, 1994, p. 61 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 42)
    Las Palmas, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Los Géneros de la Pintura, September 13 - October 29, 1994, p. 61 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    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. 318 (another example exhibited and illustrated, pp. 144, 257)
    London, Christie's Mayfair, Reflections on the Self, June 2 - September 5, 2015, p. 217 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 177)
    London, Skarstedt, Cindy Sherman and David Salle, History Portraits and Tapestry Paintings, October 1 - November 26, 2016, p. 26 (another example exhibited and illustrated, pp. 10, 27, 67, 79, 83, 90)

  • Literature

    Arthur C. Danto, Cindy Sherman: History Portraits, New York, 1991, no. 5, p. 62 (another example illustrated, p. 22)
    Rosalind Krauss, Cindy Sherman 1975 - 1993, New York, 1993, p. 231 (another example illustrated, p. 185)
    Christiane Weidemann, Petra Larass and Melanie Klier, 50 Women Artists You Should Know, London, 2016, p. 137 (another example illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Even when I was doing those history pictures, I was living in Rome but never went to the churches and museums there. I worked out of books, with reproductions. It’s an aspect of photography I appreciate, conceptually: the idea that images can be reproduced and seen anytime, anywhere, by anyone.” Cindy Sherman

  • 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 #206

signed, numbered and dated "Cindy Sherman AP 1/1 1989" on a label affixed to the reverse
chromogenic color print, in artist's frame
74 1/2 x 52 1/4 in. (189.2 x 132.7 cm.)
Executed in 1989, this work is artist's proof number 1 from an edition of 6 plus 1 artist's proof.

$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $112,500

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

New York Auction 13 November 2019