Cindy Sherman's ‘Untitled Film Stills’ to be auctioned by Christie's
Following a recent collaboration with luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton on its recent iconoclasts collection, Cindy Sherman is back in the news – and this time for a body of work she created over thirty years ago, called 'Untitled Film Stills'.
The collection features twenty-one untitled film stills and is expected to fetch $6 million to $9 million. Ydessa Hendeles, a curator, artist and former dealer from Toronto, originally compiled the images – later selling them to Mitchell P. Rales, the Washington collector and industrialist.
“When we bought the collection, we knew there were duplicates,” Mr. Rales told The New York Times. “We are deep into Cindy’s work and will continue to collect it.” He added that he felt the twenty-one images should remain together in a collection because "Ydessa did a fabulous job putting it together, and it would be almost impossible to replicate it today.”
Sherman created the series between 1977 and 1980, and created sixty-nine images of herself posing as fictitious characters – acting as if she were advertising a movie. The artist, who famously uses herself as her subject, used wigs, makeup and costumes to present a series of different people and personalities for the images.
When asked why he decided to sell the images in one whole lot, Brett Gorvy, Christie’s worldwide chairman of postwar and contemporary art said: “Many of these are very iconic images chosen with a singular eye and personal vision." Sold individually, they would have lost their impact and value. “It’s a ready-made collection,” he said.