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Man Ray: Writings on Art

by Jennifer Mundy

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Like many people, I knew Man Ray only from his photographs of famous people, but did not know his background.
This is a fascinating account of Emmanuel Radnitsky (Man Ray) son of Russian emigres who, like most immigrants to America westernised their surnames.
This book is about his early life in Philadelphia and then Brooklyn and how he developed his art through his writings and correspondence. ( )
  Welsh_eileen2 | Feb 13, 2016 |
This is a fascinating account of Emmanuel Radnitsky - Man Ray - son of Russian emegres, who like most immigrants to America westernised their surnames.
This book is about his early life in Philadelphia and later Brooklyn.
How he developed his art through his writings and correspondence.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Getty Publications via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review. ( )
  Welsh_eileen2 | Jan 23, 2016 |
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"Man Ray (1890-1976) was a pioneer of the Dada movement in the United States and France and a central protagonist of Surrealism. Today he is one of the best-known American artists of the twentieth century, celebrated above all for his innovative and often seductively glamorous photography. Surprisingly, given Man Ray's key role in the history of early-twentieth-century Modernism, a comprehensive collection of his writings on art has not been published in English until now. Man Ray: Writings on Art fills a conspicuous gap in scholarship on the artist and his period. It brings together his most significant writings, many of them published here for the first time. These occasionally quixotic texts, which include artist books, essays, interviews, letters, and visual poems, reveal the incredible scale of the artist's output and the remarkable continuity of his aesthetic and political beliefs. This volume offers a long overdue vision of Man Ray as someone who used words both as a creative medium and as a means of articulating ideas about the nature and value of art. With richly reproduced illustrations, it provides powerful insight not only to scholars of art history and academics, but also to working artists and those who count themselves as Man Ray fans"--ECIP data view.… (more)

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