Sep 21 at 10:30 AM - Sale 2579 -

Sale 2579 - Lot 134

Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200

NAOMI SAVAGE (1927-2005)


There are more Duchamp scholars than there are Duchamp collectors.
Glass and glazed ceramic bead necklace on a ball chain. 1560 mm; 61 3/8 inches (length).

Made for Virginia Zabriskie by the artist.

With—Two prints. There are more Duchamp scholars than there are Duchamp collectors. 90x175 mm; 3 1/2x7 inches. Signed, titled and dated in pencil, lower margin. 2002 * I'll Sell When You Catch Up to My Prices, laminated. 267x355 mm; 10 1/2x14 inches. Signed, dated and dedicated to Virginia in ink, verso. 1997.

Born Naomi Siegler, Savage was a native of Princeton, New Jersey. Her parents were Samuel Siegler and Elsie Siegler (née Radnitzky), a sister of Man Ray (1890-1976, see lots 115-128). She first studied photography under Berenice Abbott at the New School for Social Research in 1943, and afterward attended Bennington College from 1944 until 1947 to study art, photography and music. She spent a year after her graduation in California with her uncle, Man Ray, studying his techniques. In 1950 she married the architect and sculptor David Savage, with whom she moved to Paris, living there for some years. Savage was heavily influenced by Man Ray, prompting her to experiment with the medium of photography, combining traditional techniques with more unusual processes, including some of her own design.