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Untitled #408
© Courtesy of the Artist and Metro Pictures Gallery

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Untitled #408 2002

Not on display

This photograph is part of a group of images made between 2000 and 2002 which depict character-types from suburban American life. Moving away from her earlier references to cinema and art history, the images are influenced by more traditional ideas of portraiture. Sherman has described the photographs as showing ‘very ordinary, older women - the type you’d spot in a supermarket.’ They suggest the pretensions and delusions of the characters depicted and lead the viewer to consider the narrative behind the character - this woman could be an ageing socialite or a once-glamorous film star. Her face has been defined and exaggerated with heavy make-up, making her into a caricature based on stereotypes rather than a specific person.

Glossary Open


A portrait with the facial features exaggerated for comic or satirical effect.



  • Acc. No. GMA 4721
  • Medium Colour photograph on pvc board
  • Size 137.20 x 91.40 cm
  • Credit Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 2004