• First Open Post-War and Contem auction at Christies

    Sale 2294

    First Open Post-War and Contemporary Art

    11 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 13

    CINDY SHERMAN (B. 1954)

    Untitled #194

    Price Realised  

    CINDY SHERMAN (B. 1954)
    Untitled #194
    color coupler print mounted on aluminum in artist's frame
    46¾ x 32¼ in. (118.7 x 81.9 cm.)
    Executed in 1989. This work is number one from an edition of six.


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    In her series, History Portraits, Sherman created thirty-five works that are her own unique renditions of historical portraits. She poses as the classical sitter in her portraits, using props, cheap costume jewelry, wigs, and fake appendages to assume the characters that serve as the signifiers of an amalgamated but anonymous classical high art figure. In works such as Untitled #194, Sherman masquerades as a man and this gender reversal has been associated with the work of Marcel Duchamp and the famous image of herself in drag as his alter-ego Rrose Sélavy.

    "There is something liberating in the way in which Sherman takes aim at the sheer weirdness of Old Master art." (A. Arenas, "Afraid of the Dark: Cindy Sherman and the Grotesque Imagination," exh. cat., Cindy Sherman, Shiga, 1996, p. 46).

    Provenance

    Metro Pictures, New York
    Galerie Crousel-Robelin/Bama, Paris


    Literature

    A. Danto, Cindy Sherman: History Portraits, New York, 1991, p. 30 (illustrated in color).
    C. Sherman and M. Menguzzo, Cindy Sherman, exh. cat., Milan, 1990, p. 69 (illustrated).


    Exhibited

    Paris, Jeu de Paume; Kunsthaus Bregenz; Humlebaek, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Cindy Sherman, May 2006-September 2007, pp. 141, 257 (illustrated; another example exhibited).