Title: Self Portrait.
Publisher: Graphic Society, New York
Publication Date: 1988
Edition: First Reprint Edition
A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. in this autobiography, Man Ray the legendary photographer, painter and maker of objects and films recalls with honesty and frankness the heyday of the art community in Paris during the 1920s and 30s and beyond. He portrays in depth his iconoclastic circle of friends that included Marcel Duchamp, Picasso, Dali, and Brancusi, his days in Montparnasse with Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce, and his uneasy association with Gertrude Stein. He also describes his relationship with the many women in his life: Kiki de Montparnasse, photographer Lee Miller, and his wife Juliet. For this new edition, Juliet Man Ray has opened up her husband's Archive in Parisuncovering never-before-seen photographs as well as seldom shown paintings and drawings from her private collection. Fully illustrated with 240 color and black and white pictures. Bookseller Inventory # 23843
Synopsis: Published to coincide with a major touring exhibition organized by the National Museum of American Art, the book contains never-before-seen and seldom-shown works as well as many popular ones. A new afterword by Juliet Man Ray is included. 205 duotone and 35 color illustrations.
About the Author: Born Emmanuel Radnitzky (1890-1976), Man Ray grew up in America but spent the greater part of his life as an emigre in Paris. Man Ray's art ranges from painting, sculpture, collage, constructed objects and photography. Beginning in 1921, he received hundreds of commissions for portraits and commercial work which were featured in publications such as Vogue, Vu, Harper's Bazaar and Vanity Fair. He was an American, but worked in Paris from 1921 to 1940, when Duchamp, Stieglitz, Picasso and Dali were among his colleagues. A member of the Dada art movement and the only American member of the Paris Surrealist movement, Man Ray considered himself an artist and thought of photography as a medium of artistic expression when used for more than reproduction. In describing his work, Man Ray once said, 'I paint what can not be photographed. I photograph what I do not wish to paint.'
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