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Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Claude Cahun Photographe, Paris, Jean Michel Place, 1995, first edition, 4to (10.5" x 9"), SB, b/w photographic wraps, NF / none.

169 pp. Catalog of a retrospective exhibiton of the works by surrealist photographer, writer, performance artist, and WWII resistance fighter, Claude Cahun (Lucy Schwob,1894-1954); presented at Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 23 Jun - 17 Sept, 1995. 293 b&w photographs. Text in French. Cahun's unapologetic, probing self portraits are simultaneously richly decorative and confrontational, in which she appears as both object and subject. Her complex body of self explorative work questions identity, gender, and the illusion of prescribed convention. Though published as a writer and poet, her photographs and montages were rarely exhibited during her lifetime. This volume gives us a glimpse at this self-proclaimed "constructor and explorer of objects", who was most certainly ahead of her time and deserves more prominence in the modernist panoply.


For additional images and more details about her fascinating life, follow this link: More on Claude Cahun    [Book ID # 635]


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