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Untitled Film Still #50

A work made of gelatin silver print.
© Cindy Sherman. Courtesy Metro Pictures, New York.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.


1979, printed 1983


Cindy Sherman
American, born 1954

About this artwork

One of the most celebrated figures in contemporary art, Cindy Sherman made her groundbreaking series Untitled Film Stills between 1977 and 1980. The photographs evoke the 8x10–inch film stills, or “glossies,“ taken by photographers on movie sets and used to promote Hollywood productions since the silent film era. In each photograph, Sherman poses as a star actress in an imaginary movie, deploying cinematic conventions like pose, lighting, and camera angle to imitate the look and feel of films from the 1950s and ’60s. Using carefully chosen costumes and settings, Sherman’s images draw attention to the construction of stereotypical female types in popular media. This photograph alternately depicts the objectified or vulnerable woman: Sherman’s rigid pose takes on the lifeless quality of a mannequin frozen in time, but also suggests a moment of suspense in which a startling event may take place at any second.


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Cindy Sherman


Untitled Film Still #50


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1979


Gelatin silver print


3 of 10


Image: 16.2 × 23.3 cm (6 7/16 × 9 3/16 in.); Paper: 20.5 × 25.5 cm (8 1/8 × 10 1/16 in.)

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Gift of Robert A. Taub

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© Cindy Sherman. Courtesy Metro Pictures, New York.

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