Cindy Sherman - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, April 16, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    White Columns Benefit, New York, 1982 (donated by the artist and Metro Pictures)
    Galleria Claudia Gian Ferrari, Milan
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Museum of Modern Art, Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills, 26 June - 2 September 1997 (another example exhibited)
    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; Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney; Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Cindy Sherman Retrospective, 2 November 1997 - 1 October 1999, pl. 43, pp. 80, 197 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 80)
    Paris, Jeu de Paume; Kunsthaus Bregenz; Humlebaek, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Berlin, Martin-Cropius-Bau, Cindy Sherman, 16 May 2006 - 10 September 2007 p. 317 (another example exhibited and illustrated, n.p.)
    New York, Museum of Modern Art, Cindy Sherman, 26 February - 11 June 2012, pl. 30, p. 101, 262 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 101)
    London, National Portrait Gallery; Vancouver Art Gallery, Cindy Sherman, 27 June - 8 March 2020, p. 251 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 101)

  • Literature

    Cindy Sherman, Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills, MoMA Publications, New York, 2003, p. 58 (another example illustrated, p. 59)
    Cindy Sherman, exh. cat., Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2020- 2021, p. 82 (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 film still #38

signed, numbered and dated 'Cindy Sherman ©1979 1/10' on the reverse
gelatin silver print
24 x 18 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/8 in.)
Executed in 1979, this work is number 1 from an edition of 10.

£50,000 - 70,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 16 April 2021