Cindy Sherman, ‘Mask With Baby Doll’, 1987-1992, Caviar20

This is a fantastic early Cindy Sherman - a perfect entry-level piece to collecting one of the most influential and esteemed artists of the 20th century.

With a long and extremely diverse career, much of Sherman’s work places her in the image's centre, for various conceptual explorations ranging from feminine identity to construction of the image.

This work is a paradigm of her interest in employing freakish masks and dolls which she began in the late 1980's. Also, the inclusion of plastics, in the form of a doll, is evidence of her use of prosthetics and doll parts which enveloped the entirety of her highly socio-political “Sex Pictures” series from 1992, interrogating the objectification of women.

This image, conceptually and aesthetically also foreshadows most of her work in the 1990's in series such as "History Portraits" (1988-90) and "Broken Dolls" (1999).

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

Signature: Signed and numbered from an edition of 125 verso.

About Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman established her reputation—and a novel brand of uncanny self-portraiture—with her “Untitled Film Stills” (1977-80), a series of 69 photographs of the artist herself enacting female clichés of 20th-century pop culture. Though her work continually re-examines women’s roles in history and contemporary society, Sherman resists the notion that her photographs have an explicit narrative or message, leaving them untitled and largely open to interpretation. “I didn’t think of what I was doing as political,” she once said. “To me it was a way to make the best out of what I liked to do privately, which was to dress up.” Always in meticulous costumes, wigs, and makeup, Sherman has produced series in which she dresses as women from history paintings, fashion, and pornography. In the late 1980s and into the ’90s, she expanded her focus to more grotesque imagery, like the mutilated mannequins of her “Sex Pictures” (1992).

American, b. 1954, Glen Ridge, New Jersey, based in New York, New York