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Cindy Sherman (b. 1954)
Untitled (#424)
signed and dated 'Cindy Sherman 2004' (on a label affixed to the reverse)
colour photograph
54 3/8 x 55¼in. (137.9 x 140.2cm.)
Executed in 2004, this work is from an edition of six
Metro Pictures, New York.
Sprüth Magers, Munich.
Cindy Sherman: Clowns, exh. cat., Hanover, Kestnergesellschaft, 2004 (another from the edition illustrated in colour, p. 33).
Cindy Sherman, exh. cat., Paris, Jeu de Paume, 2006 (another from the edition illustrated in colour, pp. 214-215 and 269).
Plastic Culture: Legacies of Pop 1986-2008, exh. cat., Preston (Lancashire), Harris Museum and Art Gallery, 2009 (another from the edition illustrated in colour, unpaged).
New York, Metro Pictures, Cindy Sherman, 2004.
London, Sprüth Magers, Cindy Sherman Clowns, 2004-05.

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Lot Essay

'The choice of the clown image implies not only the endorsement of a pictorial or poetic motif, but also an alternative, parodic way of addressing the question of art itself...The artist's ironic game is an interpretation of the self, by the self: a mocking revelation of the true nature of art and the artist'
(J. Starobinski, quoted in J.-P. Criqui, 'The Lady Vanishes', Cindy Sherman, exh. cat., Paris, 2006, p. 273).

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