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A copy of ten marble fragments of the Great Eleusinian Relief

Charles Ray American

Not on view

Exemplifying Ray’s long-standing exploration of art history, this work is patterned on one on view in The Met’s galleries of Greek and Roman art made ca. 27 B.C.–A.D. 14. The latter is a copy in its own right, comprised of fragments of a Roman version of an ancient Greek relief that the Museum set into plaster casts of the original in the 1930s. Ray’s relief, which retains the breaks and seams of its reference object, is further hybridized, a composite of archaic and contemporary elements made by the hands of humans and machined out of a dazzling material unknown in ancient times.

A copy of ten marble fragments of the Great Eleusinian Relief, Charles Ray (American, born Chicago, Illinois, 1953), Aluminum

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photograph by Ron Amstutz