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Title

Untitled #72

1980


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#72

Untitled 1980


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

371.1986


Artist information

Cindy Sherman

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


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