Man Ray: Writings on Art

Man Ray Writings on Art Man Ray 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

  • Title: Man Ray: Writings on Art
  • Author: Jennifer Mundy
  • ISBN: 9781606064580
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 ModMan 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.

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    1. As a kid, I loved Man Ray. Almost the same way I loved Dali. But, I outgrew them both. Not like Marcel Duchamp who has consistently been an art-god to me. What I do admire Man Ray is his brilliant photographs - especially his portraits of well-known artists and writers - as well as his more 'artful' images he took. The paintings are at times great, but I feel his work was never consistent. His sculptures I consider to be much better than his paintings as well. Which comes to this book "Man Ray: [...]

    2. i kept seeing man ray's work cropping up in seemingly disparate corners recently, including paintings in a surrealism retrospective in philadelphia and some "rayographs" in an exhibit of camera-free photography at the getty, so i couldn't pass up checking this out when i spotted it in the new releases at the library. this collection of correspondences, notes, and assorted curio present the artist's idiosyncratic worldview with detail and clarity as he moves seamlessly from dada to work as a film [...]

    3. I received a copy of this book from netgalley in return for a fair and honest review. 5-stars for amount of research and sheer amount of compilation. 3-stars for interest level, although that's based on my surreal expectations, perhaps. The intro was dead boring, which surprised me. I wanted to see more quirky evidence--come to think of it, I was delving for clues on how to unleash my own cheeky observations and world view. This isn't intended to be a book on 'How to Find Your Own Voice,' althou [...]

    4. 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.

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