Tuesday October 20, 2020

Object of desire

29th October, 2017
Man Ray’s Noire et Blanche, which is on auction at Christie’s in Paris with an estimate of €1m-1.5m

One of the most celebrated images in the history of photography is by visionary Man Ray. Known as Noire et Blanche, it was first published in French Vogue in May 1926 captioned Visage de Nacre et Masque d’ébène, the mask belonging to Vogue junior art director George Sakier who’d known Man Ray during their childhood in Brooklyn. Ray used neither title, always referring to the image as Kiki with African Mask, Kiki being his lover...

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