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Man Ray letters and album, 1922-1976

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Finding aid for the Man Ray letters and album, 1922-1976
Series II. Letters to Man Ray, 1940-1950 ca. 375 items
Series contains letters and postcards of a personal and professional nature from artists, authors, museum personnel, collectors, publishers, and gallery owners, spanning Man Ray's years in Hollywood. The letters from artists and authors document friendships, collaborations, works in progress, emigrations from France, and exhibitions. Notable correspondents are Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning, Henry Miller, Gilbert Neiman, Mary Reynolds, Hans Richter, James Thrall Soby, and Yves Tanguy.
Box Folder
2 5 Dali, Salvador, 1941 2.0 letters
Letters requesting photographs for his book, with mentions of travel, expositions, and other personal matters.
2 6 Dreier, Katherine (Société Anonyme) 1945-1948 6.0 items
Includes letter asking Man Ray to become Vice President of the society since Kandinsky died (1945); 3 letters, one of which has a note from Duchamp (1948), concerning the Yale University Art Gallery exhibit and donation of The Promenade; and postcard about Schwitters for an exhibition at the Pinacotheca (1947).
2 7 Duchamp, Marcel, 1940-1941, 1943-1950 29.0 items
Personal letters concerning his and other artists' plans for leaving France; much on chess and the creation of chess sets and boards; about an exhibition of rotoreliefs with sketches on how to install (948 Apr 10); and about the creation and sale of his boxes; with news of Mary Reynolds and one letter written by the two of them. (See also Mary Reynolds letters in Box 2, folder 19, previously unidentified).
2 8 Ernst, Max and Dorothea Tanning, 1948, n.d. 12.0 letters
Chatty letters concerning personal matters with some comments about work and exhibitions. Includes 1 letter from Tanning about touching up some portrait photographs Man Ray sent and her photogenic qualities (Mar 24). Most dated without years, 2 dated 1948.
2 9 Ford, Charles-Henri, 1943 2.0 postcards
2 10 Miller, Henry, 1945-1948, n.d. 19.0 items
Personal letters and postcards mentioning friends (several references to Gilbert Neiman), books, Sade, and photographs for Miller's postcard stationary. Also includes long discussions on the duality of man, and suggests that Man Ray create portraits based on phrenology (Feb 9, Mar 24).
2 11 Motherwell, Robert, 1948 2.0 letters
Regarding Dada painters and poets. One letter written by George Wittenborn.
2 12 Neiman, Gilbert, 1943-1948, 1950 29.0 letters
Witty, personal letters contain much literary gossip, including his thoughts on the work of Eluard, Breton, Céline, their mutual friend Henry Miller and many other writers and publishers. Included are discussions of his own writings and his struggles to publish. With a 4 p. poem "Twist the Face of Time" (sent with a letter dated 1944 Sep 8) and two 1 p. poems, "A Communication" and "Enocomics"(both ca. 1946).
2 13-14 Richter, Hans, 1942-1950
Three letters give news of himself and others, among other things, 1948, 1950. Another folder contains 12 letters (1942, 1945-1946, 1948), clippings, catalog and announcement concerning his film Dreams that money can buy. The letters chronicle Richter's difficulty interpreting Man Ray's story onto film, his thoughts on how it should be done, the type of critics who are interested in reviewing the film, and the Hollywood opening. The verso of one of the letters contains a typed statement by Man Ray detailing his approach to art, which was edited down for the catalog. (See also Special Collections accession nos. 880428 and 970021 for more on Dreams that money can buy.)
2 15 Soby, James Thrall, 1939, 1941-1943, 1948-1949 8.0 letters
Letters in which Soby discusses the following topics (among others): his thoughts about donating Man Ray's photographs that Soby published to the museum in Hartford; his collection of art, including a drawing by Picasso of Man Ray which Soby has but knows he should return to Man Ray; the album sales; the task of locating photographs of Duchamp's works for a book; his thoughts on the art business in NYC; his request for photographs for the Army Camps show; and reassurances to Man Ray about the exhibit of his photographs in Monroe Wheeler's portrait show.
2 16 Tanguy, Yves, 1940, 1950, undated 3.0 items
2 letters (one of which is illustrated on the verso) updating Man Ray on emigration plans of their artist friends; with a note.
2 17 Miscellaneous letters A-L ca. 55 items
Letters from artists, museum staff, gallery owners, collectors, publishers, and friends concerning a variety of topics. Correspondents include Antonin Artaud, Leo Castelli, Leonor Fini, Seymour Hacker, John Laughlin, Julien Levy, among others.
2 18 Miscellaneous letters M-Z ca. 55 items
Includes letters from Maria Martins, Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, Pierre Matisse, Museum of Modern Art personnel, Beaumont Newhall, Wolfgang Paalen, Kenneth Rexroth.
2 19 Unidentified ca. 20 items
Includes letters from Mary Reynolds to Man Ray (Mary Louise Hubachek Reynolds, 1891-1950), signed only "Mary", and previously unidentified. In one letter she refers to her brother, Frank Brookes Hubachek.
2 20 Miscellaneous 5 items


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