Widely regarded as one of the most influential and original bodies of work to emerge from the Contemporary art scene, Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills” transcend the boundaries of both conceptual art and photography. Alluring, enigmatic and slightly sinister, Sherman mines female stereotypes, drawing from a trove of filmic practices to explore the role of the woman and that of the voyeur. “Untitled Film Still #66” depicts the photographer crossing a street, her bike handle just visible out of frame. She glances backwards through her periphery at a person or event unbeknownst to the viewer. The first of the “Untitled Film Stills” in color, this image is overcome with a blue hue, Sherman’s brown jacket stark against the background.
Executed circa 1980, this color offset lithograph was later mounted on aluminum. Signed in blue ink by the artist, very few hand-signed pieces were offered of this work. Edited by Museum Gropius, Berlin, the work measures 15 ¾ x 22 ¾ inches. In overall good condition.
Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
Widely recognized as one of the most important and influential contemporary artists, Cindy Sherman solidified her reputation with her “Untitled Film Stills”, a series of 69 photographs of the artist herself enacting female clichés of 20th-century pop culture. Often incorporating aspects of feminism, performance art, cultural criticism, and the body and identity politics into her work, Sherman has captured herself in a range of guises and personas which are at turns amusing and disturbing, distasteful and affecting. She is the recipient of the MacArthur Award and Hasselblad Award for Photography, among other honors. Sherman has more recently returned to using her own body in her work as the subject of simplified portraits of female types. Her work can be found in public and private collections worldwide. Sherman currently lives and works in New York City.