CINDY SHERMAN "UNTITLED (MARILYN MONROE)" 1982

$30,000

Since the late 1970s, Cindy Sherman has donned an array of personas and costumes to explore how women are perceived and presented in Western culture. 

Sherman's "Untitled Film Stills" is a masterpiece of the 20th century; a major body of work that ushered in a generation of appropriation and criticism of iconography. 

This color photograph was a part of her follow-up series “Centerfolds” (for Artforum) which continued to explore themes of gender and cinema tropes.

Both seminal series expanded the artistic potential of the photographic medium by using image-making to engage with dialogues of feminist and post-modern theories.

In this pseudo-self portrait, Sherman assumes the persona of iconic starlet and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. Monroe’s mix of celebrity, scandal, mystery, and tragedy positioned her as an irresistible muse to artists across the globe. This also made her a perfect reference point for Sherman’s critical practice. 

In this exceptional color photograph, Sherman poses on the floor as a femme fatale Marilyn Monroe, styled and made up with her signature blond curls, parted red lips, and beauty mark. 

Attention to set, costume, and makeup characteristically mask the artist’s own identity, emphasizing the malleability of the human persona and narrative power of photography. 

Sherman’s practice consistently explores how gender is depicted in visual culture, the domestic realm, fashion magazines, art history, and here in Hollywood film. 

Sherman’s work is represented in every major public collection including SFMoMA, Tate Gallery (London), and Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

To learn more about the "Untitled Film Stills," which was acquired in its entirety by the MoMA in 1996, click here. 

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"Untitled (Marilyn Monroe)" 

Signed, numbered and dated by the artist

From and edition of 125

Chromogenic print

USA, 1982

15.5"H  9"W (work)

26.5"H  21"W (framed)

Very good condition

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