First Edition of Man Ray: The Rigour of Imagination; Inscribed by Arturo Schwarz
Man Ray: The Rigour of Imagination.
Item Number: 14082
New York: Rizzoli International, 1977.
First edition. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Inscribed by the Arturo Schwarz on the title page to art dealer Roberta Cohn. An excellent near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with a closed tear to the spine.
n 1999, ARTnews Magazine named Man Ray one of the 25 most influential artists of the 20th century. The publication cited his groundbreaking photography, "his explorations of film, painting, sculpture, collage, assemblage and prototypes of what would eventually be called performance art and conceptual art." It further stated that "Man Ray offered artists in all media an example of a creative intelligence that, in its 'pursuit of pleasure and liberty', unlocked every door it came to and walked freely where it would." Seeking pleasure and liberty was one of Ray's guiding principles, along with others such as doing things that are socially prohibited.