Cindy Sherman - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

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

  • Exhibited

    New York, Metro Pictures, Cindy Sherman, 5 - 26 October 1985 (another example exhibited)
    Munster, Westfalische Kunstverein, Cindy Sherman Photographie, 7 December 1985 - 26 January 1986, pp. n.p. and 39 (another example exhibited and illustrated, n.p.)
    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Cindy Sherman, 9 July - 4 October 1987, pp. 19 and 97 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 97)
    Kunsthalle Basel; Munich, Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst; London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Cindy Sherman, 28 March - 22 September 1991, pp. 44 and 70 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 44)
    Helsinki, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Louise Lawler, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons: Re-turning the gaze, 26 March - 1 May 1993, pp. 37 and 72 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 37)
    Hamburg, Deichtorhallen; Malmo, Kunsthall; Luzern, Kunstmuseum, Cindy Sherman: Fotografiska arbeten 1975-1995, 25 May 1995 - 11 February 1996, no. 87, n.p. (another example exhibited and illustrated, n.p.)
    Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; Prague, Galerie Rudolfinum; London, Barbican Art Gallery; Bordeaux, CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain; Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Cindy Sherman: Retrospective, 2 November 1997 - 2 January 2000, no. 102, pp. 9, 136 and 198 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 136)
    Paris, Jeu de Paume; Kunsthaus Bregenz; Humlebæk, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Berlin, Martin-Cropius-Bau, Cindy Sherman, 16 May 2006 - 10 September 2007, pp. 120, 124, 255 and 317 (another example exhibited and illustated, pp. 124 and 255)
    New York, Museum of Modern Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Minneapolis, Walker Art Center; Dallas Museum of Art, Cindy Sherman, 26 February 2012 - 9 June 2013, pp. 103, 169 and 262 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 169)
    New York, David Zwirner, No Problem: Cologne/ New York 1984-1989, 1 May - 14 June 2014, pp. 47 and 273 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 47)
    Silkeborg, Museum Jorn, Cindy Sherman, 23 September - 10 December 2017, p. 135 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    New York, Metro Pictures, Life to come, 17 January - 16 February 2019 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Rosalind Krauss and Norman Bryson, Cindy Sherman 1975-1993, New York, 1993, pp. 136 and 229 (another example illustrated, p. 136)
    Andy Grundberg, Crisis of the Real: Writings on Photography, New York, 1999, n.p. and 291 (another exampled illustrated, n.p.)
    Catherine Morris, The Essential: Cindy Sherman, New York, 1999, p. 23 (another example illustrated)
    Eleanor Heartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal and Sue Scott, After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art, Munich, 2007, pp. 177-178 (another example illustrated, p. 178)
    Cindy Sherman - Untitled Horrors, exh. cat., Oslo, Astrup Fearnley Museet; Stockholm, Moderna Museet; Kunsthaus Zürich, 2013 - 2014, pp. 112 and 225 (another example illustrated, p. 112)
    Paul Moorhouse, Cindy Sherman, London, 2014, no. 66, p. 82 (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 #155

signed, numbered and dated 'Cindy Sherman 2/6 1985' on the backing board
colour coupler print
184.2 x 125.1 cm (72 1/2 x 49 1/4 in.)
Executed in 1985, this work is number 2 from an edition of 6.

£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £50,000

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Director, Specialist
Head of Day Sale
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 3 October 2019