Cindy Sherman - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Phillips

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    Cindy Sherman, 'Untitled #174', Lot 218

    20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, 14 February

  • Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York
    Private Collection
    Sotheby's, London, 30 June 2011, lot 298
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Metro Pictures, Cindy Sherman, 1987 (another example exhibited)
    Paris, Jeu de Paume; Bregenz, Kunsthaus; Humlebæk, Louisiana Musuem of Modern Art; Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Cindy Sherman, 2006-2007, pp. 135, 254, 317 (another example exhibited and illustrated, pp. 135, 254)
    Silkeborg, Museum Jorn, Cindy Sherman, 23 September - 10 December 2017, n.p., 135 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Els Barents and Peter Schjeldahl, Cindy Sherman, Munich, 1987, no. 125, n.p. (another example illustrated)
    Cindy Sherman, exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1987, no. 125, n.p. (another example illustrated)
    Rosalind Krauss, Cindy Sherman 1975 - 1993, New York, 1993, p. 230 (another example listed)

  • 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 #174

signed, numbered and dated 'Cindy Sherman 3/6 1987' on the reverse
180.5 x 120.5 cm (71 1/8 x 47 1/2 in.)
Executed in 1987, this work is number 3 from an edition of 6.

£25,000 - 35,000 

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Tamila Kerimova
Specialist, Head of Day Sale, Director, 20th Century & Contemporary Art

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 14 February 2020