Man Ray. Human Equations

A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare

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Man Ray. Human Equations
A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare

Edited by Wendy A. Grossman, Edouard Sebline, Texts by Wendy A. Grossman, Adina Kamien-Kazhdan, Edouard Sebline, Andrew Strauss, Essays by François Aspery, Mark Green, Kirsten Hoving, Alexa Huang, Peggy Kidwell, Philip Ording, Stuart Sillars, Cedric Villani, Gabriele Werner, Michael Witmore, graphic design by Eileen Boxer


2014. 238 pp., 248 ills.

23.50 x 25.50 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3920-7

Man Ray on the trail of a Surrealist puzzle

How does one make sense of a purported link between mathematics, William Shakespeare, and art? The answer lies within the oeuvre of Man Ray (1890–1976). The publication sets out to unravel the Surrealist puzzle beginning with his photographs of mathematical models he encountered at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris in the thirties. Moreover, it charts a path culminating in his Shakespearean Equations (1947–1954) series of oil paintings, which were inspired by the photographs and painted in Hollywood over a decade later. The arc the images strike from painting back to photography reveals the ease with which Man Ray moved between various disciplines and forged his own path. An inveterate experimenter, he pioneered artistic activities in the realms of painting, object making, film, and photography, challenging conventional boundaries and blurring established aesthetic categories.

Exhibitions: The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., February 7–May 10, 2015 | NY Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, June 11–September 20, 2015 | The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, October 20, 2015–January 23, 2016

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