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Dust Breeding

Artist:
Man Ray (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1890–1976 Paris)
Date:
1920, printed ca. 1967
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
23.9 x 30.4 cm (9 7/16 x 12 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Photography in the Fine Arts Gift, 1969
Accession Number:
69.521
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
One of Duchamp's close friends and a member of the New York Dada scene, the American photographer and painter Man Ray (1890-1976) was also one of Duchamp's collaborators. His photograph Dust Breeding (Duchamp's Large Glass with Dust Motes) from 1920 is a document of The Large Glass after it had collected a year's worth of dust while Duchamp was in New York. The photograph was taken with a two-hour-long exposure that beautifully captures the complex texture and diversity of materials that lay atop the glass surface. Dust Breeding marks a pivotal phase in the development of Duchamp's masterpiece. After the photograph was taken, Duchamp wiped The Large Glass almost entirely clean, leaving a section of the cones covered with dust, which he permanently affixed to the glass plate with a diluted cement.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on the print, recto BLC: "7/10"; BC: "Marcel Duchamp"; BRC: "Man Ray 1920"; inscribed in ink on the print, verso BRC: "Photo Coll. Man Ray 1920"
David Hayes

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Photograph: A Selection of Recent Acquisitions".

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs from the Museum's Collection," December 4, 1984–March 17, 1985.

at Champion, Stamford, CT. "The Stieglitz Circle," June 25, 1992–August 26, 1992.

Tate Modern. "Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia," February 21, 2008–May 26, 2008.

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona. "Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia," June 25, 2008–September 21, 2008.

Foresta, Merry A. Perpetual Motif: The Art of Man Ray. New York: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1988. p. 181.



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