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Photographs by Man Ray: 105 Works, 1920-1934 Paperback – January 1, 1980
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Man Ray's female figures are an offbeat take on the male gaze in which the processes are as sexy as the women. Along with his female faces, they demonstrate why Man Ray was much in demand by fashionable magazines. The "celebrity" portraits are of his fellow male artists & writers, with the exception of Gertrude Stein - who can hardly be glamorized anyway. The rayographs were created by placing objects directly on film, but the experimental nature of Man Ray's art is seen throughout this inexpensive book from Dover Publications. Picasso, Eluard, Breton, Tzara & Rrose Selavy a.k.a. Marcel Duchamp contributed texts. Highly recommended.
Yet Man Ray was a human being, not a conduit for something nonhuman. He crafted his work through intelligence, taste, and experiment: clearly human proclivities and endowments. Thus, even at this strangest, Man Ray could not transcend Man Ray, the human being. Some things are given and cannot be taken.
The brief commentary on each section of Man Ray's work is abysmal because mostly incomprehensible. When one stomps on too many conventions, communication ceases. This is neither good nor pleasant; it is not profound; it is pathetic.
Nevertheless, Man Ray, at his best, can be fascinating; at his worst tasteless or merely perplexing. But we cannot ignore his role in modern photography and art in general.
El trabajo de fotografias que nos muestra Man Ray en esta recopilacion de la edicion original de 1934 es algo exquisito para el ojo de conocedores de su arte, por eso reafirmo que la calificacion que estoy dando es por la calidad de envio, no por el trabajo del artista que merece 5 estrellas sin ninguna duda.
Amazon de verdad que desepciono esta vez al enviarme un libro algo maltratado y doblado en algunas paginas, a pesar de que supuestamente es nuevo, no lo parece por el mal manejo que se le ha dado.