Cindy Sherman - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

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

  • Exhibited

    New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Cindy Sherman, 26 February – 11 June 2012 (another
    example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Cindy Sherman, exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012, p.102 (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 Film Still #1

gelatin silver print
25 x 20 cm (9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in)
Signed, dated and numbered ‘Cindy Sherman 19779/10’ on the reverse. This work
is number nine from an edition of ten.

£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £79,250

Contemporary Art Day Sale

11 October 2012