Cindy Sherman - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, March 9, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York
    Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Toronto
    Private Collection
    Christie’s New York, 12 November 2014, lot 13
    Private Collection, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Cindy Sherman, 9 July - 4 October 1987, no. 39, n.p. (another example exhibited & illustrated)
    Kunsthalle Basel; Munich, Staatsgalerie moderner Kunst; London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Cindy Sherman, 28 March 1991 - 22 September 1991, p. 26 (another example exhibited & illustrated)
    Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; Prague, Galerie Rudolfinum; London, Barbican Art Gallery; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux; Sydney, Museum
    of Contemporary Art; Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Cindy Sherman: Retrospective, 2 November 1997 - 2 January 2000, cat. no. 68, p. 95 (another example exhibited & illustrated)
    Paris, Jeu de Paume; Kunsthaus Bregenz; Humlebæk, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Cindy Sherman, 16 May 2006 - 10 September 2007, n.p. (another example exhibited & illustrated)
    New York, Museum of Modern Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Minneapolis, Walker Art Center; the Dallas Museum of Art, Cindy Sherman, 17 February 2012 - 13 June 2013, pl. 70, p. 117 (another example exhibited & illustrated)

  • Literature

    Arthur Danto, Untitled Film Stills: Cindy Sherman, New York, 1990, p. 40 (illustrated)
    Rosalind Krauss, Cindy Sherman: 1975-1993, New York, 1993, p. 55 (illustrated)
    David Frankel, Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills, New York, 2003, p. 47 (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 #83)

signed, dated and numbered 'Cindy Sherman 1980 7/10' on the reverse
gelatin silver print
17.5 x 23 cm (6 7/8 x 9 in.)
Executed in 1980. This work is number 7 from an edition of 10.

£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £68,750

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 10 March 2017