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An image of Untitled film still #46 by Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

(United States of America 19 Jan 1954 – )

Untitled film still #46
Other titles:
Untitled film still 1979
Media category
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph

17.0 x 23.2 cm image; 20.3 x 25.3 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated c. verso, ink "Cindy Sherman 1979".
Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 1986
Accession number
© Courtesy Cindy Sherman and Metro Pictures
Not on display
Further information

For Cindy Sherman, photography allowed her to work alone with her ideas and to try on different personae and see how these translated into a flat photographic image. Rather than having a specific political intent, Sherman initially seems to have been more, and quite narcissistically, interested in the effect of changing herself temporarily, knowingly, ironically.

'Even though I have never actively thought of my work as feminist or as a political statement, certainly everything in it is drawn from my observations as a woman in this culture. And a part of that is a love-hate thing - being infatuated with makeup and glamour and detesting it at the same time. It comes from trying to look like a proper young lady or look as sexy or as beautiful as you can make yourself, and also feeling like a prisoner in that structure.' Cindy Sherman 1997

Bibliography (4)

George Alexander, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Popism and screen culture', pg.204-245, Sydney, 2006, 240 (illus.).

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Great gifts, great patrons: an exhibition celebrating private patronage of the Gallery, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers

Christie's New York, Christie's New York: Contemporary, New York, 20 May 1999, 97 (illus.). 241

Anneke Jaspers, Pop to popism, 'Art of the second degree: post pop and popism', pg.235-279, Sydney, 2014, 237, 254, 255 (illus.).

Exhibition history (5)

Acquisitions from the Komon, Salkauskas and Horton Funds, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 May 1987–31 May 1987

International works from the permanent collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Jan 1991–14 May 1991

Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994

Read my Lips, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes, 06 Jun 1998–09 Aug 1998

Pop to popism, 01 Nov 2014–01 Mar 2015