Man Ray (1890–1976) was a pioneer of the Dada movement in the United States and France and a central protagonist of Surrealism. Today he is one of the best-known American artists of the twentieth century, celebrated above all for his innovative and often seductively glamorous photography. Surprisingly, given Man Ray’s key role in the history of early-twentieth-century Modernism, a comprehensive collection of his writings on art has not been published in English until now.
Man Ray: Writings on Art fills a conspicuous gap in scholarship on the artist and his period. It brings together his most significant writings, many of them published here for the first time. These occasionally quixotic texts, which include artist books, essays, interviews, letters, and visual poems, reveal the incredible scale of the artist’s output and the remarkable continuity of his aesthetic and political beliefs. This volume offers a long overdue vision of Man Ray as someone who used words both as a creative medium and as a means of articulating ideas about the nature and value of art. With richly reproduced illustrations, it provides powerful insight not only to scholars of art history and academics, but also to working artists and those who count themselves as Man Ray fans.
Jennifer Mundy is head of collection research at Tate, London.
“…[a] carefully shaped collection of texts…” —Publishers Weekly
“In tone the book strikes the perfect balance between offering intriguing archival material for the art historian and ready accessibility for the casual reader. The project has been assiduously researched by Mundy, where each chronological section, and most of the individual entries, are given substantial biographical and historical context. Mundy also offers a highly informative preface regarding the book’s genesis, and a rich biographical introduction to Man Ray, providing academic digression for the scholar and factual clarification for anyone turning to the topic for the first time.” —Burlington Magazine
424 pages 7 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches 56 color and 29 b/w illustrations ISBN 978-1-60606-458-0 hardcover
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