Man Ray Portraits

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Man Ray Portraits

Man Ray was an American original. He was a painter, a photographer, a maker of Dadaist readymades, a scene-maker and the man responsible for some of the wittiest and most pungent artworks of the modernist era. He's also the man originally responsible for putting a camera in the hands of Lee Miller, for which documentary photography fans should be grateful. This exhibition looks at his innovative approach to portraits, with pictures of lovers, friends, colleagues and other artists and writers.

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Presented in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery in London, Man Ray Portraits is the first major museum retrospective of this highly influential artist’s photographic portraits and features over 100 works from his career in America and Paris, dating from 1916 to 1968.

The exhibition demonstrates Man Ray’s central position among the leading artists of the Dada and Surrealist movements and includes works drawn from internationally significant collections including those of the Pompidou Centre, the J. Paul Getty Museum and New York’s The Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The portraits on display include the artist's lovers, friends and contemporaries: ranging from two of his most significant muses, Lee Miller and Kiki de Montparnasse, to fellow artists, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, and American author, Ernest Hemingway. Sponsored by Baillie Gifford.

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