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Untitled #108. 1984

The works in this gallery explore the uncanny, monstrous, and carnivalesque impulses that are expressed through fairy tales, black humor, clowns, and masks. Although the pictures do not correspond with specific stories, Sherman’s macabre fairy tale works from 1985 evoke the Brothers Grimm, Teutonic myths, folk legends, and fables, exemplified by gothic scenes such as Untitled #146. A later work, Untitled #296 (1994), equally theatrical and fantastical, may have been inspired by mimes or Kabuki theater. Sherman’s 2003–04 clown series includes figures in a range of emotional states, from hysterical passion to tragic pathos. She has created a cast of bizarre, wicked, disturbed, and even lustful players, opening the door to multiple layers of meaning and narrative: the surface facade, denoted by makeup and clothes, and an under layer expressed through gesture, pose, and styling.

Untitled #425. 2004

The works in this gallery explore the uncanny, monstrous, and carnivalesque impulses that are expressed through fairy tales, black humor, clowns, and masks. Although the pictures do not correspond with specific stories, Sherman’s macabre fairy tale works from 1985 evoke the Brothers Grimm, Teutonic myths, folk legends, and fables, exemplified by gothic scenes such as Untitled #146. A later work, Untitled #296 (1994), equally theatrical and fantastical, may have been inspired by mimes or Kabuki theater. Sherman’s 2003–04 clown series includes figures in a range of emotional states, from hysterical passion to tragic pathos. She has created a cast of bizarre, wicked, disturbed, and even lustful players, opening the door to multiple layers of meaning and narrative: the surface facade, denoted by makeup and clothes, and an under layer expressed through gesture, pose, and styling.

Untitled #140. 1985

Chromogenic color print, 6' 1/2" x 48 3/8" (184.2 x 122.9 cm). Sender Collection, New York. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #146. 1985

Chromogenic color print, 71 9/16 x 48 1/8" (181.8 x 122.2 cm). Collection Per Skarstedt. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #296. 1994

Chromogenic color print, 69 x 44 1/2" (175.3 x 113 cm). Collection Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, New York. Courtesy The FLAG Art Foundation. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #425. 2004

Chromogenic color print, 70 3/4" x 7' 5 3/4" (179.7 x 228 cm). Collection of Jennifer and David Stockman. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #150. 1985

Chromogenic color print, 49 1/2 x 66 3/4" (125.7 x 169.5 cm). Private collection, New York. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #420. 2004

Two chromogenic color prints, each 71 13/16 x 45 5/8" (182.4 x 115.8 cm). Collection of Ninah and Michael Lynne. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #415. 2004

Chromogenic color print, 68 x 44 1/2" (172.7 x 113 cm). Michael Young, New York. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Untitled #411. 2003

Chromogenic color print, 45 1/4 x 31 1/8" (114.9 x 79.1 cm). Collection Florence and Philippe Segalot, New York. © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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