Cindy Sherman - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Monday, June 25, 2018 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galerie d'art Art & Public, Geneva
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Jeu de paume; Kunsthaus Bregenz; Humlebæk, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Cindy Sherman, 16 May 2006 - 10 September 2007 (another example illustrated and exhibited)

  • Literature

    Gabriele Schor, Cindy Sherman: The Early Works 1975-1977, Ostfildern, no. 54.5, pp. 304-307 (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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Untitled # 390 (The Detective)

signed, numbered and dated 'Cindy Sherman 4/20 '76/'00' on the reverse
black and white photograph
25.4 x 20.3 cm (10 x 7 7/8 in.)
Executed in 1976/2000, this work is number 4 from an edition of 20.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £11,250

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 26 June 2018