CINDY SHERMAN "WITCH" 1986

Around 1986 Cindy Sherman disappears.

Instead of her iconic mid-century cinema and fashion archetypes Cindy Sherman begins to get...well, gross. 

Flies, vomit, blisters & boils, doll parts, plastic genitals, lost teeth and the list goes on.

The artist's most difficult, yet fascinating work begins as the 80's end. In many of her images the artist is barely present. She is either at the margin of an image or  obscured by various nasty props or appendages. 

In an interview in the catalog for MoMA's 2012 retrospective, the artist explained 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 freaky prosthetics in a mysterious portrait that is far from decorative. Is this character pensive, menacing or wounded? 

Sherman's face is covered in a grotesque witch mask, while her hands, hair, and most of her body remain covered too. Her splayed bare-legged posture and appearance of undress juxtaposed with her terrifying mask exemplify the horror-esque imagery and slow removal of her body seizing her work in this era. 

This work created in 1986 but printed in 1993.

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"Untitled (Witch)"

Chromogenic print 

Signed, numbered, and dated on verso

From an edition of 200

Publisher: Texte zur Kunst No. 47

13"W 7"H (image)

14"W 11"H (sheet)

Very good condition

This work is sold unframed

 

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