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Untitled #218

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Untitled #218

Artist: Cindy Sherman (American, born 1954)
Date: 2007
Medium: color photograph
Dimensions:
Frame: 71 5/8 × 48 × 1 1/4 in. (181.9 × 121.9 × 3.2 cm.)
Image (visual): 65 3/8 × 41 1/2 in. (166.1 × 105.4 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Edmundson Art Foundation, Inc., 2007.11
Accession number: 2007.11
Classification: photograph
Label TextIn Sherman’s “History Portraits” series, the artist recreates herself as both male and female personages from Old Master paintings. Here, the long curly wig and open book imply a scholar from the 18th-century Enlightenment, with its values of science, rationality, and progress. Sherman intentionally leaves obvious the make-up, prosthetics, and wig it takes to achieve her costume. With this series, Sherman literally places herself within the scope of art history, distorting classical notions of beauty and questioning traditional methods of presenting the human form.
Signed"Cindy Sherman" (Label, verso)
Edition4/6 (bis)
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