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Man Ray in Paris

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Paris after World War I was teeming with Americans. Bon vivants seeking escape from prohibition mingled with artists and intellectuals, all pursuing their dreams in the City of Light. The American Modernist Man Ray (1890–1976) spent the 1920s and 1930s in Paris, where experimental expression was flourishing. While he considered himself to be primarily a painter and also wo ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by J. Paul Getty Museum
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This slim volume collects Man Ray's photography mainly from 1920-1940. Seeing it all together, it's amazing how much he influenced our visual references through the 1950's and 60's. Take a look at his collection "Electricite", which was, amazingly, a series commissioned by a French electric company in 1931 to promote domestic use of electricity. I know, it's hard to imagine someone needing to promote that in the first place and then hiring a famous Surrealist for the job.

Also included are his ex
If Man Ray's life had a face, I would punch it.
Two of my favourite things in one book.

He was such a visionary and futurist. I love his self portrait and was happy to see his face.

Great for photography fans.

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Jul 19, 2011 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: modern art / photography enthusiasts
I've been researching modern art lately, so when I saw this book at the public library on a display table, I felt it was kismet. One of my particular interests are the Dadaists, and this book gives good details about the Parisian scene, and the relationship between Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp. I like seeing how their work influenced the other with various readymades and assemblages. The biography section was a bit skimpy - I would have liked more detail - but the plates were great, showing the br ...more
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