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Title

Untitled film still #46

1979


Artist

Cindy Sherman

United States of America

19 Jan 1954 -


About

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


Details


Other Titles

MP#46

Untitled film still 1979


Date

1979


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Edition

8/10


Dimensions

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".


Credit

Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 1986


Location

Not on display


Accession number

370.1986


Artist information

Cindy Sherman

Works in the collection

5


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


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.). cat.no. 241

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