CINDY SHERMAN "QUEEN OF HEARTS" 1988

Around 1987 Cindy Sherman disappears.

Instead of her iconic mid-century archetypes and impressions of women of the early 80's, Cindy Sherman begins to get...well, gross. 

Flies, vomit, blisters & boils, doll parts, lost teeth and the list goes on. Some of the artist's most difficult, yet fascinating work begins as the 80's come to a close. In many of the images the artist is barely present. She is either at the margin of an image or almost totally obscured by various nasty detritus. 

In an interview in the catalog for MoMA's 2012 retrospective, the artist considers the interpretations of this period: "As some reviews said, I was totally deconstructing myself, chopping myself up by getting smaller and smaller, and then finally disappearing. But the way I saw it was that I was nervous that I was too dependent on myself, so I wanted to see if I could tell a story or make an image without including myself. And that's when I started using the mannequins, masks, and things like that. 

This is a fantastic image from Sherman's most audacious period of art-making. It epitomizes her interest and embrace of prosthetics, mannequins and dolls, all present in a still-life of sorts that is challenging, hypnotic and far from decorative. 

This work, created in 1988 but printed in 1994, was a benefit print for the Ansel Adams Center in San Francisco. 

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"Queen of Hearts"

Chromogenic print 

Signed and dated verso

13.5"H 9"W (image)

20.5"H 16"W (framed) 

Very good condition

 

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