Untitled #208

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  • Provenance

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

  • Exhibited

    Silkeborg, Museum Jorn, Cindy Sherman, 23 September - 10 December 2017, pp. n.p. and 136 (another example exhibited and illustrated)

  • Literature

    Arthur Danto, Cindy Sherman: History Portraits, New York, 1991, no. 21, pp. n.p. and 62 (another example illustrated, n.p.)

  • Artist Bio

    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 Private European Collection

Untitled #208

signed, numbered and dated 'Cindy Sherman 3/6 1990' on the backing board
chromogenic colour print, in artist’s frame
122 x 92 cm (48 x 36 1/4 in.)
Executed in 1990, this work is number 3 from an edition of 6.

Estimate
£60,000 - 80,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 3 October 2019