Man Ray and Lee Miller: legendary partners who crafted amongst the best-known Surrealist works in the 1920s and '30s. This retrospective features 115 photographs, paintings, drawings, and manuscripts, which provide an incredible view into the creative interaction between the two giants of European Surrealism.
This is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on the pair’s artistic relationship. It also includes selected works by artists in Ray and Miller’s circle in Paris, including paintings by Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Roland Penrose, Dora Maar, and a small sculpture by Alexander Calder.
From 1929 to 1932, Man Ray and Lee Miller lived together in Paris, first as teacher and student, and later as lovers. Their mercurial relationship resulted in some of the most powerful works of each artist’s career, and helped shape the course of modern art. The two artists inspired each other equally, collaborating on several projects.
Though they lived together for only three years, the exhibition examines the lingering effect each had on the other’s art. Connecting photography with other media, the exhibition reveals how the Surrealists combined imagery in unexpected ways, creating extraordinary feats of imagination. Man Ray|Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealismis organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.