The Man Ray International Association was created in 1990 by Juliet Man Ray, widow of the artist. Its purpose is to safeguard, increase knowledge and promote the work of Man Ray by supporting exhibition and publishing projects on an international scale. Since 2004, Marion Meyer is the President of the Association.
Painter, sculptor, photographer, filmmaker, draftsman... Man Ray has never limited himself to a single medium of artistic expression, tirelessly seeking new possibilities of creation or diversion of existing techniques. Considering art essentially as a game, he refused to attach himself to a determined style.
Man Ray was born in 1890 in Philadelphia. In 1913, he discovered at the exhibition The Armory Show in New York European artists like Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia. With Marcel Duchamp he created and experimented with optical devices to study motion. He participated in the Dada movement in New York until 1921, when he left for France. As he arrived in Paris, Marcel Duchamp introduced him to the Parisian artistic scene. It was the beginning of an intense period of creation: photographs (fashion, portraits, art), exhibitions, films... In the interwar period Paris, Man Ray frequents all the greatests actors of creation, Dadaists, Surrealists, writers, filmmakers, fashion designers…
In 1940, Man Ray had to leave France for the United States, where he realized major works like the Shakespearian paintings, etc. Man Ray returned to Paris in 1951, moved to rue Férou where he painted, drew, wrote his memoirs and continued to use photographic processes. Thus begins the edition of his objects "Objects of my affection" first with Marcel Zerbib, then with Arturo Schwarz.
Man Ray died on November 18, 1976 in Paris. He is buried in the Montparnasse cemetery.