Spring 2017 Books by Princeton University Press

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gillian wearing and claude cahun behind the mask another mask sarah howgate with an essay by dawn ades this beautifully illustrated book draws together for the first time the self-portraits of french surrealist artist claude cahun 1894–1954 and british contemporary artist gillian wearing b 1963 although they were born almost a century apart their work shares similar themes—gender identity masquerade and performance in 2015 sarah howgate traveled with wearing to the island of jersey in the english channel where cahun lived and worked until her death and where her archive is housed in examining cahun’s photographic self-portraits wearing was struck by the remarkable parallels with her own explorations of the self-image through photography cahun was a contemporary of andré breton and man ray but her work was rarely exhibited during her lifetime wearing who has exhibited extensively and is a recipient of britain’s prestigious turner prize was no stranger to cahun’s work when she made the trip to jersey—her 2012 self-portrait me as cahun holding a mask of my face is a reconstruction of cahun’s iconic self-portrait made in 1927 in this book howgate examines the self-portrait work of both artists investigating how their cultural historical political and personal contexts have affected their interpretations of similar themes gillian wearing and claude cahun features stunning reproductions of more than one hundred key works presented thematically by artistic evolution performance masquerade and memento mori the book also includes new “collaborations” by wearing with cahun a revealing interview with wearing by howgate and an illuminating essay on cahun by writer and curator dawn ades a unique exploration of selfportraits by two artists born nearly a century apart “the presentation of these related bodies of work—and the hints and clues they offer about divergent ways of approaching the question of identity—provides a unique platform for a thoughtful and eloquent contemporary artist to delve deeply into what she has learned from the study of an esteemed predecessor.” —shelley rice editor of inverted odysseys claude cahun maya deren cindy sherman sarah howgate is contemporary curator at the national portrait gallery london she is the coauthor of 21st-century portraits and the portrait now dawn ades is professor emerita of art history at the university of essex and the author of art in latin america the modern era 1820–1980 among many other books published in association with the national portrait gallery london may 978-0-691-17662-8 cloth $39.50s 208 pages 91 color illus 60 halftones 8 x 10 for sale only in the united states and canada art photography exhibition schedule national portrait gallery london march 9–may 29 2017 art 107