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  • Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York

  • Literature

    Cindy Sherman, exh. cat., Flammarion and Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2006, p. 25

  • 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 #383 (the maid) from Murder Mystery People

1976
Gelatin silver print, printed 2000.
19 × 12.7 cm (7 1/2 × 5 in)
Signed, dated and numbered 13/20 in pencil on the verso.

Estimate
£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £11,875

Photographs

17 May 2012
London