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A declaration of art by Man Ray. Copyright Man Ray Trust/
ADAGP 2005.

Man Ray was an American Dada and Surrealist artist who was born Emmanuel Radnitzky. Born in 1890 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was raised in Brooklyn. After graduating from Boys' High School in 1908, he decided to pursue a career as an artist. His family must have thought he was crazy at first. In 1911, the Radnitzkys changed their surname to Ray. This was a reaction to the ethnic discrimination toward Jewish immigrant families in New York. Up to that point, Emmanuel was known as “Manny.” The artist became Man Ray, establishing his public charisma at once.

In 1915, he had his first one-man show of paintings and drawings. The following year he exhibited his first proto-Dada object, an assemblage titled "Self-Portrait.” Then in 1918, he produced his first important photographs. The camera was not a new invention and the public by then had been substantial exposed to photography through motion pictures, but photography itself was still a very new art.

While living in New York City where the contemporary American art scene was centered around Greenwich Village, with his friend Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray formed the American branch of the Dada movement.

In 1920, at age thirty, after the publication of a unique issue of New York Dada in 1920, Man Ray stated, "Dada cannot live in New York", and the following year he moved to Paris, living in the Montparnasse quarter. It was there that he met and fell in love with the famous French singer, Kiki (Alice Prin). "Kiki de Montparnasse” became one of his favorite photographic models. In the following two decades Man Ray revolutionized and established the art of photography. Many of the great art figures of the Paris Era were his subjects including James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, and Jean Cocteau.

In 1926, along with Jean Arp, Max Ernst, André Masson, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso, Man Ray was represented in the first Surrealist exhibition at the Gallerie Pierre in Paris in 1925. During that period, he also directed a number of influential avant-garde short films, such as Le Retour à la Raison (2 mins, 1923); Emak-Bakia (16 mins, 1926); L'Étoile de Mer (15 mins, 1928); and Les Mystéres du Château du Dé (20 mins, 1929).

During the Second World War, like many Europeans and American expatriates, he returned to America and lived in Los Angeles where he was active as a photographer in the film industry. After the War he returned to Paris and lived out the rest of his life in Montparnasse. He died in 1976 and was buried in the Cimetière du Montparnasse, with an epitaph which reads: Unconcerned, but not indifferent.

The Venetian Heritage Exhibition, Man Ray “The Photographic Image” which opened with a Preview last month with 160 photographs from the Archives of the Biennale were on exhibition at VBH, 940 Madison Avenue at 74th Street. This exhibit was first organized in 1976 by the Visual Arts and Architdecture department of La Biennale di Venezia. It documents the artist’s activity from his debut as a photographer in 1917 to the end of his career. The exhibition explores diverse ways of using the photographic medium which Man Ray used, with the result that photography finally came to be considered as a real and autonomous artistic expression in its own right. The photographs were donated by the artist to the Archives of La Biennale di Venezi.

The proceeds from the exhibition will be used to benefit the restoration projects of Venetian Heritage, Inc. and to restore works in the Archives of La Biennale di Venezia.

Robert Beard, Manju Jasty, Lucien Rees Roberts

Larry Lovett, Nicole Hanley, Alexis Swanson, and Trevor Traina

Bertil Espegren and Lorie Baker

Christina Floyd

Peggy Siegal

Sara Ayres and Audrey Gruss

Alexis Swanson and Toto Bergamo Rossi

Brittney Horn and Matthew Bromley

Eleanor Ylvisaker and Marisa Noel Brown

Chris Mason and Paul Wallace

Teresa Madero, Annabelle Mariaca, Ann Nitze, and Toto Bergamo Rossi

Merrill and Nicole Hanley

Miguelina Gambaccini and Elizabeth Gesas

Tracy Langfitt, Carolyn Cass, and Jessica Howe

Alexandra of Greece, Pierre Durand, and Alexandra of Greece

Giovanni Borgazzi, Elizabeth Borgazzi, and Toto Bergamo Rossi

Carlos Souza, Lorie Baker, and Bruce Hoeksema

Larry Lovett and Ellen Graham

Designer Helen Yarmak chose American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Irina Kvorovenko and Maxim Belotserkovsky as the faces of her winter 2006/2007 collection. The fur and jewelry designer unveiled her collection last month in her Fifth Avenue penthouse showroom.

Mme. Yarmak divides her time between New York and Moscow. She was in town all last month to celebrate faces of her latest collection. Her clients include Goldie Hawn, Jim Carrey, Sandra Bullock, Chloe Sevigny and Olympic Gold Medal swining figure skater Oksana Baiul. Ms. Baiul arrived at the party wearing a Betsey Johnson designed leopard print dress.

George Kiladze, Anna Kiladze, Maxim Beloserkovsky, and Inga Rubenstein

Nika Prudnikova, Helen Yarmak, and Kathleen Giordano

Along with the display of furs, there were one-of-a-kind rings. Mme. Yarmak was wearing her own 230 carat saphhire encrusted with diamonds. Allison Weiss-Brady, recently wed was sporting her custom designed 12 carat pink sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

Among the other guests: Jocelyn Wildenstein and Lloyd Klein, Sharon Bush, Geoffrey Bradfield, Cody Franchetti, Adria de Haume, Alex Jimenez, Harriette Rose Katz, Elaine Sargent, Xavier Denim, Colin Lively, Anait Bian, Melissa Berkelhammer, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Janna Bullock, Michele Gerber Klein, Luigi Tadini, Gillian Miniter, Pamela Fielder and Mark Langrish.

Gillian Miniter, Geoffrey Bradfield, and Adria de Haume

Jonathan Carey and Erica Kuehn

Lloyd Klein and Jocelyn Wildenstein

Colette, R. Couri Hay, and Helen Yarmak

Lucia Hwong-Gordon

Tiffany Marks and Jessica Shtofmakher

Alex Jimenez, Xavier Denim, and Colin Lively

Mark Langrish, Adria de Haume, and Luigi Tadini

L. to r.: Helen Yarmak, Jocelyn Wildenstein, Lloyd Klein, Alex and Marina Balanevski; Alison Minton, Michel Witmer, and Allison Weiss Brady.
Anna Kiladze, Irina Dvorovenko, Inga Rubenstein, Lloyd Klein, Jocelyn Wildenstein, Helen Yarmak, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Alexandre Gertsman, John Mahdessian, and Alex and Marina Balanevski

The Hudson Institute is “a non-partisan policy organization dedicated to innovative research and analysis that promotes global security, prosperity and freedom.”

They have an annual 20 session series called the Hudson Institute New York Briefing Series. They often meet at breakfast at the Four Seasons restaurant at 8 o’clock on a weekday morning, although last week there was a luncheon with Mort Zuckerman and next Monday there will be a dinner featuring Charles Krauthammer.

The Briefing Series has an impressive roster of members including: Lily Safra, Mrs. Sid Bass, Charles Bronfman, Ronald Lauder, Morris Offit, Ezra Merkin, Elihu Rose, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kadish, Ezhra Zilkha, Martin Gruss, Daniel Rose, Paul Singer, Ilyse Wilpon, Nina Rosenwald, Herbert I. London, Herb Siegel, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schulhof, Marie-Josee Kravis, Mort Zuckerman, Leon Black, Elizabeth Mezzacappa, R. James Woolsey, Michael Steinhardt, Walter P. Stern, Richard Perle, Camille and Emmanuel Kampouris.

George Blumenthal and Herbert I. London

Mercedes and Sid Bass

Antonia Milonas and Barbara Winston

James D. Robinson III and Amb. Robin Chandler Duke

Dr. Nathan Saint-Amand and Nina Rosenwald

Daniel Rose

Henry Kissinger and Marie-Josée Kravis

Marie-Josée Kravis and Henry Kissinger

Beverly Sills and Walter P. Stern

Margo Langenberg, Barbara Winston, and Nazee Moinian

George J.W. Goodman and Nina Rosenwald

Henry Kissinger and Beverly Sills

Martin Gross and Henry Kissinger

Alan and Yen Garner

Lesley Friedman with Herbert and Vicki London


Photographs by Kathleen Doran for Rob Rich (Yarmak); Joe Schildhorn/©Patrick McMullan; Heather Brand (Hudson Institute).



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