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  • 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 (Mother and Children); and Untitled (Mrs. Claus)

1976-89 and 1990
One black and white photograph and one photograph in colors, on photo paper and Fujicolor paper respectively, with full margins,
mother I. 8 1/8 x 6 3/8 in. (20.6 x 16.2 cm);
mother S. 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm);
mrs I.13 x 10 in. (33 x 25.4 cm);
mrs S. 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm)

both signed and dated in ink (mrs on the reverse), mother also numbered 108/200 in pencil on the reverse, mother published by Printed Matter, New York, both with wear along the sheet edges, otherwise both in very good condition, mother in artist's frame (as issued) both framed.

$2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for $1,875

Modern & Contemporary Editions

21 Nov 2010
New York