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Man Ray and African Art at the Phillips Collection

Posted By Administration, Sunday, October 18, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

"Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens" is a fascinating new exhibition at the Phillips Collection.


The Phillips show presents about 50 images by such pioneers of "straight" modernist photography as Alfred Stieglitz, Walker Evans and Charles Sheeler. It also includes about the same number by Man Ray, one of photography's more radical figures.

Photographs by all these figures helped African art filter deep into the consciousness of Western culture. The exhibition also displays many of the actual African objects shown in the photographs. Those objects seem to stand in for their African makers, whose art was being grabbed to use for European ends.

Read the complete review in The Washington Post.

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