Cindy Sherman - Editions & Works on Paper New York Monday, October 24, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Produced in 2014 to benefit the Sundance Film Festival, the image on this porcelain tray was taken from the artist's Untitled Film Stills series, 1978.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Untitled Film Still (Tray)

Transfer-printed porcelain tray.
8 1/8 x 11 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. (20.6 x 28.6 x 3.2 cm)
From the edition of 500, with the 'Cindy Sherman Sundance Film Festival Editions' label on the underside, published by the Sundance Film Festival Editions, Park City, Utah.

$400 - 600 

Sold for $1,071

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24 - 26 October 2022