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“Unconcerned But Not Indifferent”: MAN RAY Reexamined


Just two months after The Phillips Collection wrapped their own exhibition of Man Ray‘s photography, Washington, DC‘s International Arts & Artists is assembling yet another — and much more expansive — retrospective look at the modernist icon’s life and work. Scheduled to open in March 2011 (although exactly where remains to be seen), Man Ray, Unconcerned But Not Indifferent promises to be the widest ranging exhibition of the artist’s images and objects ever presented in North America.

Composed of more than 400 works covering the artist’s rarely seen early typographic studies, his famed 1920s and 30s photos and his late-in-life sculptural pieces, Unconcerned charts each and every distinct phase of Man Ray’s career. Here’s how the IAA sums up the collection currently under consideration:

Unconcerned But Not Indifferent follows the chronology of Man Ray’s four working periods geographically: New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Paris. Alongside examples of Man Ray’s most important works, the exhibition presents a selection of little-known works, preparatory sketches, documentation of finished pieces, as well as personal documents and objects that belonged to the artist. By placing his artwork in relation to the objects and images from which he drew inspiration, the exhibition creates a distinctive context for the experience and appreciation of Man Ray’s extraordinarily wide-ranging creative production.

Fun fact: the exhibition also takes its title from Man Ray’s epitaph, which is surely one of the 20th century’s most memorable. Well, fun, but also slightly eldritch:

To find out more about the soon-to-be traveling exhibition, visit the IAA’s page here.

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