CINDY SHERMAN "UNTITLED (MARILYN MONROE)" 1982
Since the late 1970s, Cindy Sherman has donned an array of personas and costumes to explore and analyze the ways women are perceived and presented in Western culture. Her “Untitled Film Stills” is a masterpiece of the 20th century – a seminal body of work that ushered in a generation of appropriation and criticism of iconography.
This photograph was a part of her follow-up series “Centerfolds” which continued to explore themes of gender and cinema tropes. Both works expanded the artistic potential of the photographic medium by using imagemaking to engage with dialogues of feminist and post-modern theories.
In this pseudo self portrait, Sherman assumes the persona of Marilyn Monroe. Embodying the icon, she poses on the floor as a femme fatale Monroe, styled 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. Her work is represented in every major public collection, including the SF MoMA (San Francisco), Tate (London), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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
15.5”H 9”W (work)
26.5”H 21”W (framed)
Very good condition
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