Man Ray Portraits


National Portrait Gallery

Until Sun May 26 2013

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Chris and Shelley

This is a one room exhibition that spills slightly into the adjoining room. For me, a veteran of many NPG exhibitions this is a weak effort for those that chose the exhibition material. If you intend to spend £12.75 or £14 inc gift aid, then I expect to see material that stirrs the grey matter and makes me want to come back for more. With this I was inclined to get around as quickly as possible as most of the photos on display were minute and in black and white. Most were smaller than the size of a postcard. Man Ray clearly knew many of his contemporary A list celebs and managed to get them to sit for him - all of which were in the same bland pose that is hackneyed by the current rash of wannabes. There are some nudes in the style that was current when my grandfather was a boy but you will need your spectacles to make any sense of them. This is cetrainly for me not worth the expected entrance fee. I suggest that you save your money and view the Light from the Middle East free exhibition at the V&A.

Chris & Shelley

This is a good pick for Timeout but it really is not worth the price NPG charge. These pictures were taken almost 100 years ago and in the main are less than the size of a postcard. The vast majority are less than A3 size and numerous are smaller than this. The pose requested of the subject is one repeated over and over to the point where they all look the same. There are several nudes but 90 year old boobs the size of a matchbook are really not worth the cover charge.

Pedro Ferreira

I Have to see this one. I was always impressed with Mister Man Ray way to see people in some surrealist way