Man Ray 1890–1976

Man Ray was a revolutionary artist, popularizing avant-garde European artistic ideals and bringing them to America through photography, painting, film and sculpture. He was born Emmanuel Radnitzky in 1890 to Russian-Jewish immigrants; his father was a tailor and his mother, a seamstress and he was raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. From a young age he was ardent in independently studying and practicing art, frequenting the museums and galleries of New York City. Shunning a traditional education in favor of a bohemian lifestyle, Man Ray didn’t receive formal artistic training until 1912, when he joined the Ferrer School, which was founded by a Spanish anarchist on libertarian and socialist ideals. In 1913 he moved to an artist colony in New Jersey.

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