New York

Man Ray


The survey of photographs by Man Ray is worth mentioning, although I don’t have anything to say about it. Ray’s work has always been a hodgepodge of styles, and his photos are no exception. Those in the present show fall into three principal groups. The early ones, mostly portraits, are straightforwardly naturalistic. At the other extreme are the rayographs, which in this show have a markedly Suprematist character and are in any case very abstract. The link between these two groups is provided by a small group of solarization photos, in which rational or naturalistic connections between elements are submerged in areas of light, as the elements themselves are to some extent dissolved, so that they function almost as much as pure forms as they do as forms referring to objects outside themselves. The naturalistic portraits are the best, but they leave one wondering about the sensibility that

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