CINDY SHERMAN "DOCTOR AND NURSE" DIPTYCH, 1980
Throughout her illustrious career, Cindy Sherman (b. 1954) has portrayed a vast number of female characters, from weary bus passengers to haughty society ladies. While her practice bears deep connections to drag and queer performance, Sherman has only disguised herself as a man in a very small number of images.
In “Untitled (Doctor and Nurse),” the artist embodies both male and female characters, a rarity in her oeuvre. Sherman demonstrates a playful subversiveness as she becomes mid-century archetypes; the confident, grinning doctor and the primly poised nurse. These portraits are evocative of mid- century commercial portraiture which were used in public institutions for the identification of staff and employees.
Sherman spent much of the ‘80s exploring how women are depicted in visual culture, whether in cinema, fashion magazines, art history, or here in a professional realm. “Untitled (Doctor and Nurse)” is a particularly important and meaningful image to the artist, having released three variations of the work.
Cindy Sherman is one of the most successful living female artists, with nearly 20 works that have achieved more than $1 million at auction. Her work is represented in every major public collection, including The MoMA, Tate Gallery, Centre Georges Pompidou and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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"Untitled ("Doctor and 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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