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Widow of Avant-Garde Artist Dies

January 21, 1991

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) _ Dancer and model Juliet Man Ray, a frequent subject of portraits by her husband, avant-garde photographer and painter Man Ray, died of a heart attack at age 79.

Mrs. Man Ray, who lived in Paris, died Thursday at Huntington Hospital on Long Island while visiting relatives, a family spokesman said.

She was born Juliet Browner in the New York City borough of the Bronx and studied dance with Martha Graham, but soon became a model.

She and Man Ray were married in 1946 and lived together in Paris until his death in 1976 at age 86. Man Ray’s works, which include photography, films and painting, are often exhibited on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Man Rays lived and worked in a cramped studio where objects were suspended by pulleys and a parachute cloth was stretched across the ceiling. Mrs. Man Ray recently sought to restore his studio as a public museum, but could not raise enough money.

Most of its contents are now stored at the Pompidou Center in Paris, which hopes to rebuild the studio elsewhere with donations sought by the Man Ray Trust, administered by her brother, Gregory Browner.

She is survived by four other brothers.

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