Cindy Sherman

Untitled #263


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Not on display
Cindy Sherman born 1954
Photograph, colour, on paper
Unconfirmed: 1000 x 1150 mm
Presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of Peter Norton 2012

Display caption

This work belongs to a series known as the ‘Sex Pictures’, which feature mannequins and body parts obtained from medical catalogues. Sherman has often addressed themes of sexual objectification and the depiction of women in art. However, the focus on male and female genitalia, sexual display and coupling in this series is far more ambiguous. They can be seen as theatrical representations of pornography. Although voyeuristic and dysfunctional, their erotic content is deliberately undermined.

Gallery label, April 2004

Technique and condition

A colour photograph, Ilfochrome on resin coated paper support. Dating from 1992 when Cindy Sherman made a series of photographs titled Sex Picture Series from which this image is taken. It is in an edition of 6 and this print is number 1. Technically the process is called a 'silver dye bleach process'. Basically, pre-formed dyes are incorporated into the emulsion during manufacture, and are catalystically destroyed to form the image during processing. The colours dyes that make up the hues of the finished print are all incorporated in the support right from the off-set. During processing, the dyes are selectively bleached away to leave the coloured image. The process tends to be used for making prints from transparencies and is available with a gloss finish which is the case with this print. The Image fills the entire sheet with no blank borders.

Please note: The photographic process called Ilfochrome, is still more commonly known amongst artists' as Cibachrome (developed by Ciba-Geigy in Switzerland and popular after 1974) because when this process was taken up by artists Cibachrome was the material they commonly used. In fact Ilford have offered they own version since 1960 and more recently (1991-1992) the Cibachrome process has been taken over by Ilford and is now known as Ilfochrome Classic. The print is permanently framed within a thin L-setion frame finished in matt black paint. On acquisition the print is in good condition.

Calvin Winner
April 2001

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