Man Ray

1890–1976

Man Ray, 'Cadeau' 1921, editioned replica 1972
Cadeau 1921, editioned replica 1972
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Eileen Agar, 'Photograph of Ady (Adrienne Fidelin) lying on the beach' September 1937
Eileen Agar
Photograph of Ady (Adrienne Fidelin) lying on the beach September 1937
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Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky, August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976) was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in France. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all. He was best known for his photography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Man Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called "rayographs" in reference to himself.

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Elton John and Nicolas Serota present The Radical Eye

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TateShots: Man Ray's The Lovers

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Against the Avant-Garde? Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia – Part 1: Introduction

Introduction: this study day explores different ideas of avant-garde art in the early twentieth century, and in contemporary practice

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Man Ray laid bare

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Graceful enigmas

Appreciations on Duchamp, Man Ray and Picabia by Jacqueline Matisse Monnier, T.J. Demos, George Baker and Kim Knowles.

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'All artists are not chess players – all chess players are artists' Marcel Duchamp

To coincide with the first exhibition to explore the inter-relationship between Duchamp, Man Ray and Picabia at Tate Modern, Allan ...

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The unholy trinity

To coincide with the first exhibition to explore the inter-relationship between Duchamp, Man Ray and Picabia, to be staged at ...