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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Passion, Jealousy, and Friendship of Lee Miller and Man Ray

The Passion, Jealousy, and Friendship of Lee Miller and Man Ray

Man Ray and Lee Miller only lived together in Paris for a short time -- from 1929 to 1932 -- but those brief years had a strong influence on both of their bodies of work. Miller, a model, sought Man…
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Culture, Art Lee Miller and Man Ray: Partners in Surrealism, Reunited

Lee Miller and Man Ray: Partners in Surrealism, Reunited

"Who is Lee Miller?" The words echoed from the mouth of a twentysomething clerk in a Mission District bookstore. I'd just asked if his store had Lee Miller: A Life, Carolyn Burke's acclaimed biography of the 20th-century photographer, and the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: Lee Miller's Legacy, Downfall, and Bathing in Hitler's Tub

The Sweet Spot: Lee Miller's Legacy, Downfall, and Bathing in Hitler's Tub

Lee Miller died of cancer, overweight, alcoholic, ravaged by depression, and tortured by her husband's affair with a trapeze artist. Anyone meeting Lee Miller then would have been surprised to know that she was once considered the most beautiful woman…
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Calendar, Night&Day Vocal Visualizations

Vocal Visualizations

We’d love to know what Jaap Blonk thinks of The Artist, the old-fashioned silent charmer that seduced Academy Awards voters. The improvisation-oriented Dutch performer discovered his voice as a poet and vocalist in the early 1980s, probing the outer limits…
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Calendar, Night&Day The World Is My Camera

The World Is My Camera

Film is said to be a dying medium, and Christopher Colville took that to heart. He laid out a piece of photo paper and on it he placed a decomposing squid. The only light source was the natural phosphorescence given…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sensory Saturation

Sensory Saturation

In 1920, Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp constructed one of the first known instances of kinetic art. Their piece was a motorized sculpture; it used painted planes of glass that created an optical illusion as they turned, incorporating movement into…
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