An exhibition simply titled Man Ray is showing at the Kunstforum in Vienna from 14 February to 24 June 2018.
Born as Emmanuel Radnitzky in Philadelphia (1890, died 1976 in Paris), Man Ray is predominantly revered for his achievements as a photographer. His portraits of artists made him world- famous, as did his ray photographs (images produced without the use of a camera) in the 1920s. Few, however, are aware that Man Ray was also a painter, draughtsman, designer, film-maker and writer with a keen interest in typography as well as book and magazine design, and that he also pursued a veritable career as an experimental fashion photographer at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.
This exhibition seeks to illustrate the sheer breadth of his interests: 150 key works – including paintings, photographs, designed objects, paper productions, collages, assemblages and experimental films – have been selected to outline the artist’s enigmatic and complex personality. They also show how Man Ray (in a congenial camaraderie with Marcel Duchamp) laid the foundation for what we have come to view as ‘art’ today.
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