Man Ray found the surreal
in the commonplace, particularly in the female form, and this has made his photography some of the worldAs most accessible and recognizable: his ubiquitous La Violin dAIngres creates a cello from a womanAs torso with the addition
of curliqued vents inked on her sides; his classic image of shining cinematic tears glistening on a powdered cheek has been tucked into mirror frames all over the world. This collection of more than 130 pictures dated between
1920 and 1950 covers not only RayAs work as one of the worldAs leading avant-garde artists--he was a tireless experimenter who participated in the Cubist, Dadaist and Surrealist art movements--but also his commercial work. It includes fashion photography and advertising
images; portraits of many artists, including Marcel Proust, Marcel Duchamp and AndrA» Breton; and a portfolio of 26 Femmes. Art dealer Giorgio Marconi, who met May Ray in 1966 in Milan, contributes an insightful interview.