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Rudnitsky Man Ray

"One word is worth a thousand images."


Notes of biography

Emmanuel Rudnitsky was born in 1890 in Philadelphia (United States). He practiced various professions and in the same time studied drawing at the Centre Ferrer of New York (1910-1911). In 1911 he took the pen name Man Ray. He settled down for a while in an artists' community (New Jersey, on 1913).
His first personal exhibition was organized in 1915. During this current year, he struck up an acquaintance with Marcel Duchamp. They made sometimes common work. Duchamp presented him the Dadaists after his arrival in Paris, in 1921. Man Ray became famous quickly, as a worldly portrait painter as well as a photographer of mode and advertisement. However, he continued to lead a work of artist.
In 1924, he got closer to surrealists and participated in various exhibitions of the group. He published (in 1937, with André Breton) the manifesto «The photography is not the art ». He left France (1940) for eleven long years in the beginnings of the war. Man Ray came back to Paris in 1951; he died there in 1976. From 1915, Man Ray used the photography to reproduce his painting or to be used as point of departure. He made numerous abstract collages, built strange assemblings, and created, in the 20s, "dada-objects". Man Ray will invent (1921) a photographic process which allowed totake the imprint of an object without equipment, discovered the solarisation which allowed the accentuation of outlines by black lines. Photographer, surrealist painter, he came to the abstraction towards the end of 1950s without ever abandoning the construction of his improper assemblings.

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Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Man Ray, portraits », L. Fritz Gruber, Ed. Prisma, 1963
  • « Man Ray, soixante ans de liberté », A. Schwarz, Lossfeld, 1971
  • « Man Ray », R. Penrose, Ed. du Chêne, 1975
  • « Man Ray, american artist », N. Baldwin, A. da Capo Paperback, 1988
  • « Man Ray's celebrity photos », Dover Publications, 1996
  • « Man Ray - La photographie à l'envers », A. Sayag et autres, Ed. Seuil, 1998
  • « The essential Man Ray », Ingrid Schaffner, Ed. Harry N. Abrams, 2003
  • « Man Ray: Women », Valerio Dehò, Ed. Damiani, 2006
  • « Man Ray », E. De l'Ecotais, K. Wa, Ed. Taschen, 2007
  • « Man Ray », Guido Gomis, Marco Franciolli, Ed. Skira, 2011
To read from the artist :
  • « Autoportrait », Robert Laffont, Paris, 1964 / rééd. Seghers,1986
  • « Ce que je suis et autres textes », coll. Arts et esthétique, Ed. Hoëbeke, 1998
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Art movements

+ DADAISM / 1916-1924 / Erwin Blumenfeld, Marcel Duchamp, Marcel Janco, Kurt Schwitters, Sophie Taueber-Arp, etc.
+ PHOTOGRAPHY BETWEEN WARS / 1918-1939 / Robert Tatlin, Alexandre Rodchenko, etc.
+ SURREALISM / 1924-1969 / Marcel Duchamp, Dora Maar, Kurt Schwitters, Taro Okamoto, Antonio Berni, etc.
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