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Man Ray’s LA

January 11–February 17, 2018
Beverly Hills

Installation video

Installation video

Installation view Artwork © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view

Artwork © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view Artwork © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view

Artwork © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view Artwork © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view

Artwork © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view Artwork © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view

Artwork © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view Artwork © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view

Artwork © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view Artwork © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view

Artwork © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018. Photo: Jeff McLane

Works Exhibited

Man Ray, Ava Gardner in costume for Albert Lewin’s “Pandora and the Flying Dutchman,” Hollywood, 1950 Vintage gelatin silver print, 10 × 8 inches (25.4 × 20.3 cm)© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Ava Gardner in costume for Albert Lewin’s “Pandora and the Flying Dutchman,” Hollywood, 1950

Vintage gelatin silver print, 10 × 8 inches (25.4 × 20.3 cm)
© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Man Ray with Duchamp, 1948 Vintage gelatin silver print, 3 ⅞ × 3 ¼ inches (9.8 × 8.3 cm)© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Man Ray with Duchamp, 1948

Vintage gelatin silver print, 3 ⅞ × 3 ¼ inches (9.8 × 8.3 cm)
© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, James Roosevelt, c. 1945 Vintage gelatin silver print, 10 ⅛ × 6 ¾ inches (25.7 × 17.1 cm)© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, James Roosevelt, c. 1945

Vintage gelatin silver print, 10 ⅛ × 6 ¾ inches (25.7 × 17.1 cm)
© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Jennifer Jones, c. 1944 Vintage gelatin silver print, 13 ⅜ × 10 ⅝ inches (34 × 27 cm)© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Jennifer Jones, c. 1944

Vintage gelatin silver print, 13 ⅜ × 10 ⅝ inches (34 × 27 cm)
© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Self-Portrait with Half Beard, 1943 Vintage gelatin silver print, 7 ⅛ × 5 ⅛ inches (18.1 × 13 cm)© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Self-Portrait with Half Beard, 1943

Vintage gelatin silver print, 7 ⅛ × 5 ⅛ inches (18.1 × 13 cm)
© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Noguchi, 1941 Vintage gelatin silver print, 6 ½ × 4 ⅝ inches (16.5 × 11.7 cm)© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Noguchi, 1941

Vintage gelatin silver print, 6 ½ × 4 ⅝ inches (16.5 × 11.7 cm)
© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Ruth Ford, 1943 Vintage gelatin silver print tipped onto card, 9 ¾ × 7 ¾ inches (24.8 × 19.7 cm)© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Ruth Ford, 1943

Vintage gelatin silver print tipped onto card, 9 ¾ × 7 ¾ inches (24.8 × 19.7 cm)
© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Igor Stravinsky with Juliet and Selma Browner, 1945 Vintage gelatin silver print, 9 ⅞ × 7 ¾ inches (25.2 × 19.7 cm)© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Igor Stravinsky with Juliet and Selma Browner, 1945

Vintage gelatin silver print, 9 ⅞ × 7 ¾ inches (25.2 × 19.7 cm)
© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Juliet au chapeau de soleil, 1943 Vintage gelatin silver print, 9 ¾ × 7 ½ inches (24.8 × 19.1 cm)© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Juliet au chapeau de soleil, 1943

Vintage gelatin silver print, 9 ¾ × 7 ½ inches (24.8 × 19.1 cm)
© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Paulette Goddard, c. 1944 Vintage gelatin silver print, 7 ¾ × 10 inches (19.7 × 25.4 cm)© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Man Ray, Paulette Goddard, c. 1944

Vintage gelatin silver print, 7 ¾ × 10 inches (19.7 × 25.4 cm)
© Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2018

About

I explored the town. It was like some place in the South of France with its palm-bordered streets and low stucco dwellings. Somewhat more prim, less rambling, but the same radiant sunshine. More cars, of course, yet they seemed to whiz past apologetically so as not to obstruct the scene. And I seemed to be the only one on foot, sauntering along leisurely, avoiding the more populated districts. One might retire here, I thought, live and work quietly—why go any farther?
—Man Ray

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Man Ray, made between 1940 and 1951.

During his storied career, Man Ray’s work spanned a variety of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, film, poetry, and prose. His work aligned variously with Cubism, Futurism, Dada, and Surrealism, yet retains its own distinct style. Early in his career, from 1920 to 1940, Man Ray worked primarily as a fashion photographer, in Paris, shooting for Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as designers such as Vionnet, Lanvin, Chanel, and Schiaparelli. When World War II came to Paris, in 1940, he escaped to the United States, settling in Los Angeles, where he deliberately moved away from commercial photography to focus on making fine art.

This exhibition explores the collection of original silver gelatin photographs from Man Ray’s “Hollywood” period. Throughout his vast body of work, Man Ray alluded to relationships between the real and the fictive, with a deft mastery over the liminal territory between the abstract and the figurative form. However, these black-and-white, high-contrast, carefully composed works eschew the abstract qualities of his innovative rayographs. Instead, they are striking portraits that document his life, social circle, and surroundings, as well as the landscapes and streetscapes of his wartime sanctuary city. These images not only find their own niche within Man Ray’s work, but also give context to his life in California: Many of the portraits are of famous figures with whom he spent his California years, including Ruth Ford, Ava Gardner, Jennifer Jones, Tilly Losch, Jean Renoir, and Igor Stravinsky.

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