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

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    Cindy Sherman, 'Untitled #254', Lot 219

    20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, 14 February

  • Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Metro Pictures, Cindy Sherman, 11 April - 9 May 1992 (another example exhibited)
    Oslo, Astrup Fearnley Museet; Stockholm, Moderna Museet; Kunsthaus Zurich, Cindy Sherman: Untitled Horrors, 4 May 2013 - 14 September 2014, p. 226 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 151)
    Silkeborg, Museum Jorn, Cindy Sherman, 23 September - 10 December 2017, n.p., 136 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Rosalind Krauss, Cindy Sherman 1975-1993, New York, 1993, p. 232 (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 #254

signed, numbered and dated 'Cindy Sherman 1/6 1992' on the reverse
171.5 x 113.3 cm (67 1/2 x 44 5/8 in.)
Executed in 1992, this work is number 1 from an edition of 6.

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £10,000

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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