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A Man Ray Retrospective in Los Angeles

THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM’S Man Ray retrospective spreads out almost sixty years of the American artist’s achievements. It provides a comprehensive sampling of virtually every kind of artistic activity with which he has ever been engaged: painting, drawing, Rayographs, sculpture, assemblage, objects, and even film. The only significant area which is missing is pure photography. This exception is due to the artist’s wishes, for—in spite of the high quality and historical importance of his work in this medium—Man Ray feels that it is something separate from his art, a means to an end rather than an end in itself. That end, of course, is painting. Thus, while photography enters via the Rayographs and also by the inclusion of several original editions of photographic prints, the exhibition is aimed at Man Ray’s contribution to the mainstream media of 20th-century artistic thought.

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