The photographs are mostly from Man Ray’s early period in the 1920s, and focus on iconic subjects that define this unique artist. The collection was assembled by Camillo d’Afflitto over the last 30 years. The recurring themes of the work of Man Ray include: self-portraits, portraits of artists and creators, Man Ray’s relationship and shared work with Marcel Duchamp, Dada, Surrealism, fashion photography, the body and architecture. The collection’s images also include many photographs of primitive African art that Man Ray observed and immortalized with his camera from the perspective of modern artwork and not as a mere object. Many of these images have appeared in the recent traveling exhibition “Man Ray: African Art and the Modernist Lens” in the United States. Another important set in the collection are pictures of objects that Man Ray manipulated, ironically called “Objects of My Affection”. The top lot in the sale is the iconic 1926 image, Blanc et Noir, which is estimated at 150,000 euro.
The photographs were all collected by the gallery owner and collector Camillo d’Afflitto. D’Afflitto was interested in avant-garde artists, such as Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia. In 1981 he founded the contemporary art gallery Vivita in Florence.
The photographs will be exhibited in Madrid, Paris and Barcelona before the auction will take place on October 30th.
On October 17th the exhibition will be in Madrid, from October 22th – 23th in Paris and on October 29th – 30th the exhibition will take place in Barcelona.
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