Man Ray

1890–1976

Man Ray, ‘Cadeau’ 1921, editioned replica 1972
Cadeau 1921, editioned replica 1972
© Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018
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Biography

Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky; August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976) was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in Paris. 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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Artworks

Artist as subject

Film and audio

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Elton John and Nicolas Serota present The Radical Eye

Watch the musician in conversation with our director as they explore the exhibition 

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Man Ray: 'The Lovers'

Man Ray created The Lovers 1933 in the aftermath of his relationship with the American photographer Lee Miller

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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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