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

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, United States
    Metro Pictures, New York
    Private Collection
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Rosalind Krauss, Cindy Sherman, 1975-1993, New York, 1993, p. 19 (illustrated)
    Cindy Sherman: Retrospective, London, 1997, pl. 63 (illustrated)
    Peter Galassi, Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills, New York, 2003, pp. 70-71 (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 #61)

signed, numbered and dated 'Cindy Sherman 8/10 1979' on the reverse
gelatin silver print
25.4 x 20.3 cm (10 x 7 7/8 in.)
Executed in 1979. This work is number 8 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