Man Ray exhibition in London

If you are an avid follower of this blog (which I sincerely hope) you might have already booked a city trip after reading the Robert Lepage update this week. If you have not yet, here's another reason. Man Ray Portraits opens at The National Portrait Gallery on February 7th. Billed as the first major museum retrospective of this innovative and influential artist’s photographic portraits, it already looks very promising. The exhibition will be focusing on his career in America and Paris between 1916 and 1968. Man Ray was one of the leading artists of the Dada and Surrealist movements. He captured an impressive list of people: contemporaries, celebrities, friends and lovers, from Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso to Kiki de Montparnasse, Lee Miller and Catherine Deneuve.

Featuring over 150 vintage prints and key works from international museums and private collections, the exhibition also demonstrates Man Ray’s use of revolutionary photographic techniques and early experiments with colour, as well as surveying his published work in leading magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Jean-Paul Fargier made a wonderful documentary about this great artist. Below is part one. The others are available in this YouTube playlist.

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