Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale: NY, May 8, 2012.
CINDY SHERMAN (B. 1954)
color coupler print
34½ x 21 in. (87.6 x 53.3 cm.)
Executed in 1983. This work is number six from an edition of eighteen.
Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000
Price Realized: $206,500
I think people are more apt to believe photographs, especially if it’s something fantastic. They’re willing to be more gullible. Sometimes they want fantasy. Even if they know it’s fake they can believe anything. People are accustomed to being told what to believe in.
—Cindy Sherman, BOMB 12, 1985
There was an interesting Cindy Sherman interview/article posted on the Guardian’s website yesterday. I’ve included an excerpt (the final two paragraphs, actually):
But however much of a struggle it is, her art does continue to evolve. In the new work, she is more exposed than she has ever been before. There are no prosthetics, no make-up, not much in the way of disguise. And yet, with her subtle digital manipulations, it is still hard to find the real Sherman in these pictures. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.
In fact, she says, it’s not since her student days that the work has been about Cindy Sherman. Then, she photographed herself nude. ”For the project I had to confront something difficult. Something I’d never want to do.” And ever since, she says, she’s managed to star in her pictures without giving anything away. She pauses and smiles. “I’m not about revealing myself,” she says.
Get a better sense of the article and the topics of conversation that lead up to these thoughts by starting at the beginning here.
Image: Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 2010, pigment print on phototex adhesive fabric, dimensions variable.
Cindy’s solo exhibition at Sprüth Magers London, of which the above work forms part, runs through February 19, 2011. More information and images here.