Man Ray Portraits

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on November 2nd, 2012

Man Ray, Henry Crowder, 1928
Centre Pompidou-Musee national d’art modern / Man Ray Trust

The National Portrait Gallery in London has recently announced an upcoming exhibition devoted to Surrealist master Man Ray’s work with portraiture. The first exhibition devoted to this aspect of his practice, Man Ray Portraits promises to be an extremely compelling show. With more than 150 vintage prints from 1916 to 1968, including a number than have never before been exhibited, the exhibition will provide an extremely thorough account of the artist’s photographic efforts and will be a welcome addition to critical assessments of his career. While photography was never his principal medium of expression, his experimental fervour and unique eye is manifest in his portraits of friends, contemporaries and lovers. A successful freelance photographer with images published in Vogue and Vanity Fair, Man Ray Portraits will include selections from both his commercial projects and his more provocative endeavours. The exhibition will open on February 7, 2013 and will run until May 27 and will be accompanied by a major publication.


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