Noire et Blanche (Black and White)

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Noire et Blanche (Black and White)


Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)




France (Place created)




Gelatin silver print

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11.1 × 7.8 cm (4 3/8 × 3 1/16 in.)


© 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.


G. Ray Hawkins Gallery


Juliet Man Ray, American, 1911 - 1991


Man Ray, American, 1890 - 1976

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)
  • National Portrait Gallery (London), February 7 to May 26, 2013
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Edinburgh), June 22 to September 22, 2013
In Focus: Expressions (May 22 to October 28, 2018)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 22 to October 28, 2018

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.

Corcoran Gallery of Art. A Book of Photographs from the Collection of Sam Wagstaff. (New York: Gray Press, 1978), p. 44.

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