Cindy Sherman - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris
    Christie’s, London, Post-War & Contemporary Sale, 14th September, 2011, lots 214 & 215
    Private Collection, London

  • Exhibited

    i & ii) Cologne, Monika Sprüth Gallery, Cindy Sherman, November, 2000 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    i) F. Bonami, Cindy Sherman, Milan, 2007, p. 85 (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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Two works: i) Untitled (#342); Untitled (#349)

each gelatin silver print
i) 85 x 118 cm. (33 1/2 x 46 1/2 in.)
ii) 119 x 86 cm. (46 7/8 x 33 7/8 in.)

i) Signed, dated and numbered 'Cindy Sherman 4/10 1999' on the reverse. This work is number 4 from an edition of 10.
ii) Signed, dated and numbered 'Cindy Sherman 2/10 1999' on the reverse. This work is number 2 from an edition of 10.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £7,500

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Henry Highley
Head of Sale
+ 44 20 7318 4061

Contemporary Art Day Sale

London 17 October 2013