Man Ray

The Artist and His Shadows

Arthur Lubow

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Man Ray (1890–1976), a founding father of Dada and a key player in French Surrealism, is one of the central artists of the twentieth century. He is also one of the most mysterious. In this new biography, journalist Arthurt Lubow uses Ray’s Jewish background as one filter to understand his life and art.
 
Ray began life as Emmanuel Radnitsky, the eldest of four children born in Philadelphia to a mother from Minsk and a father from Kiev. When he was seven the family moved to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, where both parents worked as tailors. Defying his parents’ expectations that he hearn a university degree, Ray instead fell under the mentorship of photographer and avant-garde gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz.
 
When at the age of thirty Man Ray relocated to Paris, he, like Stieglitz, discovered his calling. More than Stieglitz, he made a clean break with his past.
 

Arthur Lubow is a journalist who has been a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and a staff writer at The New Yorker. His latest book is Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer.

ISBN: 9780300237214
Publication Date: September 14, 2021
216 pages, 5 3/4 x 8 1/4
1 b/w + 30 color illus.
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