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James Nares: Street
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This artwork is part of Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop
This artwork is not on display
A creative chameleon who openly grappled with gender identity in her life and her art, Cahun was keenly attuned to the quintessentially modern condition of self-alienation—a sentiment expressed with exquisite economy by her hero, the French poet Arthur Rimbaud, in his famous line “Je est un autre” (“I is another”). In this polycephalic self-portrait, she appears magnetically bound to her own doppelgänger in a monstrous embodiment of internal struggle.
Per history of ownership section, the museum purchased this Cahun work in 2009. Since this date, it has been in two exhibitions: Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2011 and Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris, 2009.
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