Man Ray’s Hall of Fame

420_ManRay_currentWalk and stop at the National Portrait Gallery. It’s foggy and cold out there, so let Man Ray keep you company.
This exhibition is a great first lesson, but it’s also a treat for those advanced in the life, work and tribulations of one of the greatest artists of the last century. The fans will probably spend double the normal time in there, smiling uncontrollably with every new step taken, discovering some works never seen before in UK, some of his groundbreaking studies of Barbette, Catherine Deneuve, Ava Gardner, Lee Miller, Kiki de Montparnasse, the famous solarized portraits, personal and intimate portraits of friends and lovers.

Scattered through the 100+ black and white vintage prints are a few colour ones taken mainly in the last years of his life, original magazine covers and clippings. This exhibition is also a treat for those who wish they lived in Paris during the 1920s. Or in London. You’ll find yourself staring at Picasso, Dali, Chanel, Hemingway, Matisse, the Dadaists, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, Antonin Artaud… But enough with the spoilers. You’ll see.It won’t be easy to erase from your memory those iconic portraits, the stories behind them, and the artistic twists of a wizard turning photographs into masterpieces, unaffected by a billion devices and one click away effects.
And what absolute bliss that is.

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