Cindy Sherman - New Now London Thursday, December 12, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

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

  • Exhibited

    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. 127, pp. 166 and 199 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 166)
    Oslo, Astrup Fearnley Museet; Stockholm, Moderna Museet; Kunsthaus Zurich, Cindy Sherman - Untitled Horrors, 4 May 2013 - 14 September 2014, pp. 150 and 226 (illustrated, p. 150)

  • Literature

    Rosalind Krauss and Norman Bryson, Cindy Sherman 1975-1993, New York, 1993, pp. 204 and 232 (another example illustrated, p. 204)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Image: Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

  • 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 #252

signed, numbered and dated 'Cindy Sherman 2/6 1992' on the backing board
colour c-print
190.5 x 127 cm (75 x 50 in.)
Executed in 1992, this work is number 2 from an edition of 6.

£25,000 - 35,000 

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London Auction 12 December 2019