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signed, numbered and dated 'Cindy Sherman 5⁄6 1985' (on the backing board)
72 1⁄2 x 49 1⁄2 in. (184.2 x 125.7 cm.)
Executed in 1985. This work is number five from an edition of six plus one artist's proof.
Metro Pictures, New York
Skarstedt Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2008
A. Grundberg, Crisis of the Real: Writings on Photography, 1974-1989, New York, 1990, p. 120, no. 18 (another example illustrated).
R. Krauss, Cindy Sherman: 1975-1993, New York, 1993, pp. 136 and 229 (another example illustrated).
Z. Felix and M. Schwander, eds., Cindy Sherman: Photographic Work 1975-1995, Munich, 1995, pl. 87 (another example illustrated).
L. Essling, ed., Cindy Sherman—Untitled Horrors, exh. cat., Oslo, Astrup Fearnley Museet, 2013, pp. 112 and 225 (another example illustrated).
P. Moorhouse, Cindy Sherman, London, 2014, p. 82, no. 66 (another example illustrated).
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Cindy Sherman, July-October 1987, p. 19, no. 97 (another example illustrated and exhibited).
Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; Prague, Galerie Rudolfinum; London, Barbican Art Gallery; CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux; Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art and Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Cindy Sherman: Retrospective, November 1997-January 2000, pp. 136-137 and 198, pl. 102 (illustrated and 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. 124, 254-255, 293 and 317 (another example illustrated and exhibited).
New York, Museum of Modern Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Minneapolis, Walker Art Center and Dallas Museum of Art, Cindy Sherman, February 2012-June 2013, pp. 169 and 243, pl. 115 (another example illustrated and exhibited).
Paris, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Cindy Sherman, September 2020-January 2021, p. 130 (another example illustrated and exhibited).
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Lot Essay

"Around 1985, settings make a comeback in the photographs, but diffused into textures. Natural elements–pebbles, sand or soil, for instance–develop expressive and threatening connotations. Colour, lighting, and the texture of the figures themselves merge them visually into their settings. The camera angle now looks down onto the ground where the figures lie lifeless, or, perhaps, trapped in their own materiality."
—L. Mulvey, "A Phantasmagoria of the Female Body," in Cindy Sherman, exh. cat., Paris, Jeu de Paume, 2006, p. 293

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