A Gift of Photographs from Jane and Marc B. Nathanson

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    Man Ray (American, 1890-1976). 'Ruth, Roses, and Revolvers,' 1942–1944. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Jane and Marc B. Nathanson, 2014 (2014-81-23) © Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris 2014

December 04, 2014 - February 15, 2015
Honolulu Museum of Art


Exhibition Overview

Los Angeles art collectors and philanthropists Jane and Marc B. Nathanson recently donated 35 photographs to the museum. It is a transformative gift for the musem’s collection of 20th-century photography, adding works by 23 American and European photographers not currently represented. The gift includes examples of documentary/street photography by  William Klein, Helen Levitt, Roger Mayne, Sebastião Salgado, and Larry Fink. There are also fine examples of modernist photography, portraiture, and landscape, but perhaps most significant are two works by Man Ray—an early work from the 1920s of the prized car of his friend and fellow artist Francis Picabia, and a work done nearly two decades later, after Man Ray had fled Paris and WW II for the U.S., Ruth, Roses and Revolver, which he made to illustrate a story he wrote for the American literary and art magazine View. The Getty Museum, which owns a print of the image, has written about it: “The film noir atmosphere of the photograph suggests the influence of Hollywood on Man Ray, who was living in Los Angeles when he made it.”