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  • 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 (Self-Portrait with Sun Tan)

2003
Chromogenic print, on photo paper, with full margins.
I. 66 x 40.3 cm (25 7/8 x 15 7/8 in.)
S. 76.6 x 50.9 cm (30 1/8 x 20 in.)

Signed, dated and numbered 146/350 in black ink on the reverse, published by The Serpentine Gallery, on the occasion of their 2003 Cindy Sherman retrospective, framed.

Estimate
£2,500 - 3,500 

Sold for £4,410

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London Auction 21 January 2021