Cindy Sherman - Twins, 1975 (destroyed by the artist)
Photographic emulsion on canvas, painted
Believe it or not, Cindy Sherman actually began as a painting major at Buffalo State. It wasn’t until the second half of her sophomore year that she fell in love with conceptual photography. During that same semester, she created this painting. In a recent interview for a catalogue of Sherman’s early works, Charles Clough—a fellow artist, friend, and co-founder of Hallwalls—remembers the piece well.
Sherman and [Robert] Longo and I were in the kitchen in the loft upstairs from Hallwalls and Cindy… took a painted double self-portrait and put it in the trash. I pulled it out and said I thought it would be valuable someday, and Cindy asked for it back and then destroyed it.