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Last Chance to See Man Ray Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

Le Violon d’Ingres, 1924 by Man Ray Museum Ludwig Cologne, Photography Collections (Collection Gruber) © Man Ray Trust / ADAGP © Copy Photograph Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln

Le Violon d’Ingres, 1924 by Man Ray
Museum Ludwig Cologne, Photography Collections (Collection Gruber) © Man Ray Trust / ADAGP © Copy Photograph Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln

These are the final days of the major photographic exhibition Man Ray Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in London. First museum exhibition to focus on Man Ray’s photographic portraiture, it includes works that were never before exhibited in the UK including studies of Barbette, Catherine Deneuve, Ava Gardner, Lee Miller and Kiki de Montparnasse.

Man Ray was one of the most innovative and influential artists of his generation, part of the Dadaism and Surrealism movements, working closely with Marcel Duchamp and Jean Cocteau, mixing with the greatest artists of its time, painters, writers, from Picasso and Andre Breton to Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita, Tristan Tzara, Ernest Hemingway, Antonin Artaud to name a few.

Solarised Portrait of Lee Miller, c.1929 by Man Ray The Penrose Collection © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2012, courtesy The Penrose Collection. Image courtesy the Lee Miller Archives

Solarised Portrait of Lee Miller, c.1929 by Man Ray
The Penrose Collection
© Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2012, courtesy The Penrose Collection. Image courtesy the Lee Miller Archives

The exhibition displays over 150 vintage prints from Man Ray’s career taken between 1916 and 1968, starting in Paris with the Surrealists, following him during his residence in Hollywood and back to Paris in the 1950’s. Drawn from private collections and major museums including the Pompidou Centre, the J. Paul Getty Museum and New York’s The Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as special loans from the Man Ray Trust Archive, the majority of the works have not previously been exhibited in the UK.

If you are in London for this Bank Holiday weekend, no hesitation – this exhibition is a must-see!

Laurie Guillem

Man Ray Portraits – National Portrait Gallery, London until 27th May

www.npg.org.uk/ManRay

Man Ray Portraits will tour to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery from 22 June until 8 September 2013 and the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow from 14 October 2013 until 19 January 2014.