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Cindy Sherman
UNTITLED #217
Estimate
220,000320,000
LOT SOLD. 275,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
77
Cindy Sherman
UNTITLED #217
Estimate
220,000320,000
LOT SOLD. 275,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Boundless: Contemporary Art

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Cindy Sherman
B.1954
UNTITLED #217
Executed in 1984-90, this work is number 10 from an edition of 12 plus 2 artist's proofs.
signed on the reverse
color photograph
129 by 83.5 cm, 50 3/4  by 32 7/8  in. 
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Provenance

Ikon Ltd. Contemporary Art, Santa Monica
Metro Pictures, New York
Marc Jancou Fine Art, New York
Private Collection
Sotheby's, London, February 13, 2014, lot 395
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

Catalogue Note

"I took out the pajamas and a couple of other eccentric things that I'd been saving, although I didn't have any particular thing I could apply them to. Then, when I started looking up clown pictures on line, I realised I could almost use anything, any item of clothing, T-shirts, jeans, and it could be a clown. And I had a couple of multicoloured wigs that I'd never used for a picture. So many things suddenly made sense for the clowns, for the whole idea. I'd been going through a struggle, particularly after 9/11; I couldn't figure out what I wanted to say. I still wanted the work to be the same kind of mixture – intense, with a nasty side or an ugly side, but also with a real pathos about the characters – and [clowns] have an underlying sense of sadness while they're trying to cheer people up. Clowns are sad, but they're also psychotically, hysterically happy."
Cindy Sherman (cited in Betsy Berne, "Studio: Cindy Sherman" in Tate Magazine, No. 5, May - June 2003)

Boundless: Contemporary Art

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Hong Kong