- Cindy Sherman
- Untitled #400
- Edition 6 of 6
- Chromogenic print
- 36 3/4 by 26 in. (93.3 by 66 cm.)
London, Serpentine Gallery, Cindy Sherman, June - August 2002
Edinburgh, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Cindy Sherman, December 2003 - March 2004
Ithaca, Cornell University, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Twice-told Tales: Photographs and Their Stories from Alumni Collections, April - July 2005
Cindy Sherman (Paris: Jeu de Paume, 2006), pp. 206 and 267
Paul Moorhouse, Cindy Sherman (London, 2014), p. 129
The composition Sherman adopted for this series was simple: set against a uniform, single-color background, she framed the arrangement in a manner reminiscent of an ID or senior prom picture. The make-up is overdone to the point of being grotesque, costumes are ostentatious, and her exaggerated expressions fall into the realm of caricature. In Untitled #400, Sherman’s purple formal dress and glittery make-up hint at aspirations to recapture youth and glamour. Likewise, in Untitled #353 (Lot 45), Sherman’s garish make-up and silicone breast implants represent a universal Hollywood cliché. These depictions of individuals striving for out-of-reach youth and social status are poignant, uncomfortable, and humorous all at once.
A print of this image is in the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. At the time of this writing, no other print of this image is believed to have been offered at auction.