Noire et Blanche (Black and White)

Object Details

Title:

Noire et Blanche (Black and White)

Artist/Maker(s):

Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

France (Place created)

Date:

1926

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

11.1 x 7.8 cm (4 3/8 x 3 1/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

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This elegant photograph of Kiki (Alice Prin) posing with an African ceremonial mask invites the viewer to contrast the two elongated faces. Man Ray's title is a playful reference to the black-and-white photographic process as well as to the two heads. The image reflects the contemporary vogue for the arts of Africa and Man Ray's lifelong interest in masks.

Exhibitions
A Practical Dreamer: The Photographs of Man Ray (October 27, 1998 to October 8, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 27, 1998 to January 17, 1999
  • Walker Art Center, (Minneapolis), April 2 to June 25, 2000
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, (Toronto), July 13 to October 8, 2000
Man Ray Portraits (February 7 to September 22, 2013) (10)
  • National Portrait Gallery (London), February 7 to May 26, 2013
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery, (Edinburgh), June 22 to September 22, 2013
Bibliography

Ray, Man. Photographs by Man Ray: 105 Works, 1920-1934, includes "acclamatory texts" in English and French or German by P. Éluard, A. Breton, R. Sélavy, and T. Tzara (New York: Dover Publications, 1979; reprint of Hartford: J. T. Soby, 1934) p. 44.

Ray, Man. Man Ray: Photographe, mit einer Einleitung von Jean-Hubert Martin (München: Schirmer/Mosel, 1982) pl. 111 (cropped).