Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Narrated by Stockard Channing, the film traces Ray's remarkable legacy from his humble beginnings in New York City to his distinctive achievements in Paris and, finally, to his impact upon future generations across the spectrum of creative arts. Recovered archival materials include candid film footage, personally shot by Man Ray; a never released video interview, unearthed in the vaults of the Rotterdam Museum; and long lost drawings from Ray's days as a student, which have not been seen since 1908.
The U.S. Postal Service is taking pre-orders on its stamps honoring the 1913 Armory Show in New York, where modernists shook up the art world with such work as Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase" and Charles Demuth's "I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold." Those works are two of the 12, all created between 1912 and 1931, commemorated by the stamp issue, which you can pre-order.
On the other stamps: "House and Street" (1931) by Stuart Davis; "The Prodigal Son" (1927) by Aaron Douglas; "Fog Horns" (1929), by Arthur Dove; "Painting, Number 5" (1914-15), by Marsden Hartley; "Sunset, Maine Coast" (1919), by John Marin; "Razor" (1924), by Gerald Murphy; "Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie's II" (1930), by Georgia O'Keeffe; "Noire et Blanche" (1926), by Man Ray; "American Landscape" (1930), by Charles Sheeler; and "Brooklyn Bridge" (1919-20), by Joseph Stella.