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Ray Man 1890 -- 1976 Artist Born Emmanuel Radnitsky on August 27 1890 in Philadelphia the first of four children of Melach Radnitsky a tailor and Manya Louria or Lourie both Russian-Jewish immigrants He assumed the single combined first and last name of Man Ray when his entire family adopted the surname Ray in 1911 The family moved to Brooklyn New York in 1897 where Man Ray with family encouragement early manifested his enduring fascination with gadgets objects and inventions as well as with art While attending Boys High School from 1904 to 1908 Man Rays passion for art grew initially in visits to the New York museums and later when he saw the first modern works shown in the city in 1908 Graduating from high school in 1908 with a determination to become an artist he daringly refused a scholarship to study architecture After two brief and unsatisfactory stints at more established art schools with Alfred Stieglitzs encouragement and then with the mentorship of Robert Henri at the life drawing sessions at the anarchist Ferrer School Man Ray became a largely self-taught artist Establishing a lifelong pattern he improvised sometimes copied more often invented and constantly learned from his friends Man Ray particularly inspired by the cubist works at the Armory Show of 1913 absorbed the iconoclasm of the young poets radicals and artists then giving a new flavor to New York life That year he moved out of the family home first to Manhattan and then to a little cottage in an artists colony in Ridgefield New Jersey In these years he painted a series of cubist canvases coedited an avant-garde journal its one issue included poetry by Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams wrote and self-published poetry and drew antiwar political cartoons for Emma Goldmans Mother Earth News In May 1914 he married Adon Lacroix a Belgian-born French-speaking poet they had no children In 1915 at his first
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