Cindy Sherman - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 28, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The artist; Private collection, Europe

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, 2 November, 1997 – 1 February, 1998; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, 28 February – 31 May, 1998; Prague, Galerie Rudolfinum, 25 June – 23 August, 1998; London, Barbican Art Gallery, 10 September – 13 December, 1998; Le capc Musée d’art Contemporain de Bordeaux, 6 February – 25 April, 1999; Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, 4 June – 29 August, 1999; and Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1 October, 1999 – 2 January, 2000, Cindy Sherman: Retrospective (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    A. Cruz, E. Smith, A. Jones, Cindy Sherman: Retrospective, New York, 1997, pl. 28, p. 71 (illustrated); D. Frankel, ed., The Complete Film Stills: Cindy Sherman, New York, 2003, p. 77 (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 #26


Gelatin silver print.

16 x 23.5 cm. (6 1/2 x 9 1/2 in).

Signed, numbered of ten, dedicated and dated ‘Cindy Sherman 1979To Ralph XXOO C.’ on the reverse.This work is from an edition of ten.

£30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for £18,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

29 Feb 2008, 2pm