Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
March 22, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Man Ray: 1890-1976

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Jan Ceuleers, Man Ray
Nonfiction, Coffee Table

We gave it a B

Man Ray, né Emmanuel Radnitsky, was a brilliant artist who also had the good fortune to be surrounded by equally brilliant friends. The Man Ray: 1890-1976 collection of his photographs includes portraits of Picasso, Braque, T.S. Eliot, and Gertrude Stein. Man Ray also gathers together the photographer’s fashion stills, famous nudes, and landscapes in a powerful compendium that reminds us why his radical work was — and is — so important. The reproductions are beautiful, but most readers will find the catalog’s thumbnail chronology lacking: Who, for example, are the lesser-known people who appear throughout this book? Man Ray’s life so clearly informed his work that it seems vital to know more details.

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