Wo|Man Ray Seductive Photography

Man Ray - Publisher Silvana - Ouvrage relié - 256 pages - Text in English and Italian - Published in 2020

Man Ray, surrealist master and exponent of the Dada movement, managed to reinvent not only the photographic language, but also the representation of the body and face, as well as the genres of the nude and the portrait themselves. This book brings together around 200 photographs produced from the 1920s right up to his death in 1976, all featuring female subjects.

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Model 9788836645077
Artist Man Ray
Author Walter Guadagnini
Publisher Silvana
Format Ouvrage relié
Number of pages 256
Language English and Italian
Dimensions 240 x 170
Technique(s) 200 illustrations
Published 2020

Through rayographs, solarisations and double exposures, the female body undergoes a continual metamorphosis of forms and meanings, becoming an abstract form, an object of seduction, classical memory or realistic portrait, in endless playful and refined variations.

Among the protagonists of his shots are Lee Miller, Berenice Abbott, Dora Maar and Juliet, a lifelong companion, to whom is dedicated the amazing The Fifty Faces of Juliet portfolio (1943-1944). But these women were, in turn, great artists: as evidence is presented here a corpus of works dating back to the time - between the 1930s and '40s - of their most direct association with Man Ray and with the environment of the Dada avant-garde and Parisian surrealism.

This volume offers a wide survey of one of the most exuberant periods of the 20th century, with authentic masterpieces of photographic art such as the Electricite portfolios (1931) and the very rare Les mannequins. Resurrection des mannequins (1938).

Text in English and Italian.

Ritrattista e fotografo di moda per professione, artista per vocazione, Man Ray trova nella figura femminile uno dei suoi massimi interessi: modelle, muse ispiratrici, compagne, allieve e colleghe, come Berenice Abbott, Lee Miller, Meret Oppenheim, Nusch Eluard, Kiki de Montparnasse, Dora Maar, Juliet, rappresentano un universo di rapporti tanto differenti quanto cruciali nell’evoluzione della sua vita e della sua poetica.

A loro volta, tali donne sono state in alcuni casi grandi fotografe, in altri figure centrali nella storia culturale dell’epoca, così come emerge da questo volume, curato da Walter Guadagnini e Giangavino Pazzola, che mette in dialogo oltre cento capolavori dell’artista americano, vere icone della fotografia del XX secolo, con le immagini delle protagoniste di una straordinaria stagione della cultura mondiale.

Torino, CAMERA, ottobre 2019 - gennaio 2020


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