CINDY SHERMAN "DOCTOR AND NURSE" DIPTYCH, 1980
Throughout her illustrious and dynamic career, Cindy Sherman has impersonated a vast number of female characters ranging from weary bus passengers to haughty society ladies.
There is an inherent proximity to "drag" in Sherman's practice. Yet remarkably, with the exception of her Old Master works from the 1990's, Sherman has only disguised herself as a man in a very small number of images.
This work, "Doctor and Nurse" is one of those exceptional occurrences, where the artist becomes both a male and female character.
Similar to her iconic "Untitled Film Stills" Sherman demonstrates a playful subversiveness as she becomes mid-century archetypes; the confident, grinning doctor and the primly poised pretty nurse. The portraits are evocative of commercial portraiture used in public institutions to proudly identify their professional staff.
During the 1980's Sherman explored how women are depicted in visual culture, whether that be in cinema, fashion magazines, art history, or here in a professional realm. This is a particularly important and meaningful image to the artist. She released three variations of the Doctor & Nurse.
Sherman created a very small number of sepia-toned prints, which appropriate to the medium, are not numbered. Her depiction of Lucille Ball is another rare example of a sepia-toned print and it regularly achieves over $15,000 at auction.
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Untitled ("Doctor & Nurse")
Sepia-toned gelatin silver prints on photo paper
Signed with initials and dated 1980 / 2002
9.5"H 7.25"W (image, visible)
17"H 7.25"W (framed)
Framed with plexiglass
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