Juliet Man Ray, American, 1911 - 1991
Man Ray, American, 1890 - 1976
Not currently on view
Noire et Blanche (Black and White)
Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)
France (Place Created)
Gelatin silver print
11.1 × 7.8 cm (4 3/8 × 3 1/16 in.)
© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP
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.
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).