Lot Details

“I am trying to make other people recognize something of themselves rather than me.” -Cindy Sherman

In photographs such as "Mrs. Santa Claus," Sherman uses makeup, wigs, costumes, props and settings to turn the camera on herself and seamlessly transform her features into a wide variety of recognizable female archetypes. From photo to photo, the artist becomes virtually unrecognizable causing these works to become voyeuristic performance art, rather than traditional self-portraits. As a result, an entire language of how women see and think about themselves through their pervasive representations in popular culture is exposed.

Cindy Sherman (B. 1954, Glen Ridge, New Jersey) is a contemporary American artist who specializes in photography, films, and performance art. Through her unique exploration of the countless constructions of the female identity in our culture, Cindy Sherman has become one of the most prolific and influential photographers of her generation. Her work explores assumptions of gender, sexuality, and social constructs, through intensely reflective self-portraits based on ambiguous characters Sherman creates. As intuitive and creative as she is, Sherman is able to suggest incredibly complex lives and narrations surrounding her ‘subjects,’ in just a few frames of photographs. Sherman has received numerous awards including the Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award for Visual Arts in 2005, the National Arts Award in 2001, and the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1995. The Museum of Modern Art mounted a major retrospective exhibition of Sherman's 35-year career in February 2012. For more than three decades, Sherman’s work has simultaneously imitated and confronted various representational stereotypes in advertising, cinema, and art history, causing her to become an icon for contemporary concerns regarding feminism and postmodernism.

Selected Public Collections:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY)
Australian National Gallery (Canberra, Australia)
Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France)
Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid, Spain)
Corcoran Gallery (Washington, D.C.)
Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin, Germany)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden)
Tate Gallery (London, U.K.)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)

Read more
Publication: Cindy Sherman / edited by Johanna Burton ; essays by Craig Owens ... [et al.]. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2006. Sherman, Cindy. Cindy Sherman / [[texts by] Régis Durand, Jean-Pierre Criqui, Laura Mulvey]. Paris : Flammarion/Jeu de Palme, c2006. Sherman, Cindy. Cindy Sherman : working girl : decade series 2005 / [exhibition curator, Paul Ha ; text, Catherine Morris] St. Louis, Mo. : Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, c2005. Sherman, Cindy. Cindy Sherman clowns / Text von Maik Schlüter = essay by Maik Schlüter ; interview [by] Cindy Sherman & Isabelle Graw. Munich : Schirmer/Mosel, c2004. Sherman, Cindy. Cindy Sherman : the complete Untitled film stills. New York : Museum of Modern Art, c2003. Sherman, Cindy. Cindy Sherman : retrospective / exhibition curators, Amada Cruz and Elizabeth Smith. [London] : Thames & Hudson ; Chicago : Museum of Contemporary Art ; Los Angeles : Museum of Contemporary Art, c1997. Krauss, Rosalind E. Cindy Sherman, 1975-1993 / text by Rosalind Krauss ; with an essay by Norman Bryson. New York : Rizzoli, 1993. Sherman, Cindy. Cindy Sherman / [catalogue edited and designed by Thomas Kellein ; translation, Sebastian Wormell]. Stuttgart : Edition Cantz, c1991. Sherman, Cindy. History portraits / Cindy Sherman ; with a text by Arthur C. Danto. New York : Rizzoli, 1991. Sherman, Cindy. Untitled film stills / Cindy Sherman ; with an essay by Arthur C. Danto. New York : Rizzoli, 1990. Sherman, Cindy. Cindy Sherman / essays by Peter Schjeldahl and Lisa Phillips. New York : Whitney Museum of American Art, c1987.
No condition report has been added for this lot. Please contact the specialist for further information.
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 11 in. (35.56 x 27.94 cm.)
Accepted: Wire Transfer, Check
artnet Assurance Policy: Every artnet Auctions seller has been approved by artnet after a thorough review. All of our sellers are required to accept the following artnet policy: A buyer may return an item purchased through artnet Online Auctions, if the item received is not as described in its listing, or is found to be not authentic.
Please see our full Return Policy for details.