Skip to Content

The museum is temporarily closed. Learn more.

Untitled #145

A work made of chromogenic print; edition number four of six.
© Cindy Sherman. Courtesy Metro Pictures, New York.

Image actions

  • A work made of chromogenic print; edition number four of six.




Sherman, Cindy
American, born 1954

About this artwork

Cindy Sherman’s staged photographs explore the pervasive effects of mass-media images on individual identities. Since the late 1970s, the artist has served as both photographer and model for a large cast of fictional personalities created primarily through costume, hair, makeup, and lighting. In 1985, after receiving an invitation from Vanity Fair to contribute photographs based on fairy tales, Sherman began making disturbing, gruesome images, such as Untitled #145, that counter the happily-ever-after bedtime stories associated with the genre. Instead, she captured narratives filled with anxiety and implied violence, explaining, “In horror stories or in fairy tales, the fascination with the morbid is also, at least for me, a way to prepare for the unthinkable… . That’s why it’s very important for me to show the artificiality of it all.”

Currently Off View

Contemporary Art


Cindy Sherman


Untitled #145


United States




Chromogenic print; edition number four of six


184.1 × 126.4 cm (72 1/2 × 49 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Paul and Camille Oliver-Hoffmann

Reference Number



© Cindy Sherman. Courtesy Metro Pictures, New York.

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.


Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions