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An image of Untitled #72 by Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

(United States of America 19 Jan 1954 – )

Title
Untitled #72
Other titles:
MP#72
Untitled 1980
Year
1980
Media category
Photograph
Materials used
type C photograph
Edition
3/5
Dimensions

40.0 x 59.9 cm image; 50.6 x 60.8 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed c. verso, ink "Cindy Sherman". Not dated.
Credit
Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 1986
Accession number
371.1986
Copyright
© Courtesy Cindy Sherman and Metro Pictures
Location
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 (3)

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

Deborah Edwards, Daphne Wallace, Margo Neale, Victoria Lynn and Sandra Byron, Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, "Women Artists in the Contemporary Collection", Victoria Lynn, p13-15, Sydney, 1995, 15, 26.

Pauline Green (Editor), Read My Lips, Parkes, 1998, frontispiece (colour illus.), 54. fig.no. 1

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

Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995

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