Cindy Sherman - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York
    Private Collection
    Sotheby's, New York, 10 November 2011, lot 458
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills, 26 June - 2 September 1997, pp. 148-149 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; Prague, Galerie Rudolfinum; Lisbon, Centro Cultural de Belem; Bordeaux, Musée d'Art Contemporain; Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art; Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Cindy Sherman: Retrospective,2 November 1998 - 2 January 2000, no. 52, p. 85 (another example illustrated)
    Paris, Jeu de Paume, 16 May – 3 September 2006; Bregenz, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 25 November 2006 – 14 January 2007; Humlebaek, Louisiana Museum of Moderne Kunst, 19 February – 13 May 2007; Berlin, Martin Gropius Bau, Cindy Sherman, 15 June – 10 September 2007, n.p. (another example illustrated)
    New York, Museum of Modern Art; San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Minneapolis, Walker Art Center; Dallas, Dallas Museum of Art, Cindy Sherman, 26 February 2012 – 9 June 2013, p. 111 (another example 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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Property from an Important European Collector


Untitled (Film Still #51)

signed, dated and numbered 'Cindy Sherman 1979 2/10' on a label affixed to the reverse
gelatin silver print
22.7 x 17.2 cm (8 7/8 x 6 3/4 in.)
Executed in 1979, this work is number 2 from an edition of 10.

£55,000 - 75,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 30 June 2017