Elizabeth Lebovici

  • Elizabeth Lebovici

    FABULOUS FACES

    Any show of photographs by CLAUDE CAHUN would be cause for excitement, but the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris’ presentation of her work (some 160 original prints) made for the show of the year. Cahun was asking relevant questions about gender and sexual identity from the time of her first self-portrait, at age 18, to her last, at age 45. It’s unclear whether these self-portraits—head shaved or hirsute, outfitted as a man or woman, or in an anamorphic view—were ever intended for public viewing, or whether they should even be considered self-portraits at all (the extent