Man Ray Portraits
Opens: 07/02/2013 Closes: 27/05/2013 National Portrait Gallery, London.Lips, violins and naked females: Man Ray's striking brand of surrealism is now iconic. Just like a certain Manet exhibition also showing currently, it is surprising that this is the first show dedicated to Man Ray's portraiture. These photographic works, 150 in all, showcase his technical experimentation and depict such individuals as Picasso and Catherine Deneuve. For more information visit: http://www.npg.org.uk//whatson/man-ray-portraits/exhibition.php Buy: http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/man-ray-portraits/tickets.php
Evening Standard“Soft focus beauty moves to sharper tones...” Glides chronologically from 1916 to 1968 in studies of avant garde models and muses, writers, poets and painters of the day. Marcel Duchamp is a significant presence...
Time Out“The scope is incredible...” Just when you think it can get no better, Lee Miller appears. They became collaborators and lovers, inventing together the eerie solarisation technique that silvers several of these images like moonlight, or nostalgia...
New Statesman“The brilliance of Man Ray is undoubtable...” Perhaps it may only serve to remind us that yes, this man is good. But that is still worthwhile - even if this collection is less an exclamation point and more a reassuring full stop at the end of sentence you’ve read many times...
Financial Times“Man Ray happily put women on a pedestal...” Again and again, Man Ray returns to simple themes – clasped hands or the shadows of gauze and the contours they made on a nude. When he plays with dreams, he does so in a very plain fashion...
The Independent“One of the most innovative and influential modernists of his generation... ” The new exhibition focuses not just on his ubiquitous portraits of his celebrated contemporaries - his most famous are of course Le Violon d’Ingres and Lee Miller- , also including more personal and intimate snaps of his closest confidantes...
The Arts Desk“A powerful visual concept that is generally breath-takingly simple... ” But it’s to that iconic, early modernist Paris with its extraordinary cast of larger-than-life geniuses that we keep returning – captured by a man who was at once an outsider and a central figure in that extraordinary, unrepeatable moment...
The Telegraph“Man Ray refused to suppress his playful, punning sensibility... ” This is a neat, accomplished exhibition – but the lives of artists were often much messier and more chaotic than curators and art historians would have us believe...
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