Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Marcel Duchamp

Artist:
Man Ray (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1890–1976 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1920
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 28.5 x 22.7cm (11 1/4 x 8 15/16in.) Mount: 39.8 x 32.7 cm (15 11/16 x 12 7/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.252
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), whose "Nude Descending a Staircase" had caused an uproar at the New York Armory Show in 1913, was introduced to Man Ray by Walter Arensberg, the collector and host of informal salons for avant-garde artists at his West 67th Street apartment, soon after Duchamp moved to New York in 1915. Throughout their lives, the two artists remained close friends, accomplices in their assault on traditional art-world ideologies and art-making practices. Man Ray made dozens of portraits of Duchamp, documenting the latter's often changing persona. Here, in a fittingly ironic tribute to the iconoclasm of both artists, Man Ray presents Duchamp's profile in the softly focused, classicizing style of traditional commercial studio portraiture.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed in pencil, verso TL to TC: "Paris 1926 Man Ray // Duchamp"
Man Ray; Vanguard Corporation; [Arturo Schwartz, Milan, Italy]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, April 4, 1978

Kunsthaus Zürich. "Malerei und Photographie im Dialog," May 13, 1977–July 24, 1977.

Whitney Museum of American Art. "Photography Rediscovered: American Photographs, 1900-1930," September 19, 1979–November 25, 1979.

Art Institute of Chicago. "Photography Rediscovered: American Photographs, 1900-1930," December 22, 1979–February 4, 1980.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," May 25, 1993–July 4, 1993.

Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," August 7, 1993–October 2, 1993.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," June 19, 1994–September 11, 1994.

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

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840–1940," June 3, 2008–September 1, 2008.

Travis, David. Photography Rediscovered: American Photographs, 1900–1930. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1979. pl. 120.

Apraxine, Pierre. Photographs from the Collection of the Gilman Paper Company. Reeds Springs, Mo.: White Oak Press, 1985. p. 465, pl. 165.

Hambourg, Maria Morris, Pierre Apraxine, Malcolm Daniel, Virginia Heckert, and Jeff L. Rosenheim. The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. p. 351, pl. 184.



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