TEFAF Online - 2021
8 September 2021
Man Ray, 1890-1976
‘Readymade Object’ in gold plated silver, with the original soft leather straps. Inscribed with the artist’s signature and dated 1974. From a proposed edition of 100.
Based on Man Ray’s 1949 concept. Created in in 1974.
Edition issued by GEM-Montebello, Milan, 1978.
Exceptionally fine condition. 152 x 102 mm (excluding the straps).
Note: One of the central tenets of the Dada and Surrealist artists was the way that artistic inspiration – and artistic expression – could be stimulated by the subconscious. Throughout his life Miró, for example, found inspiration from ‘found objects’ which he collected and stored in his studio. Man Ray was in many ways the artist most profoundly linked with this idea. His art was deliberately polymorphic – ie it moved from one reality to another. Something outwardly straightforward became something profoundly imaginative. His ‘rayographs’ illustrate this transition from one world to another very clearly.
However perhaps the individual and most ’transitional’ of his art forms were the ‘readymades’. In these works an object recognisable in one form ‘morphs’ into something totally different. For example, the famous ‘Cadeau’ of 1921; this is recognisable as an everyday iron but through the addition of the nails down the middle of the base it changes into something menacing – the idea of the smoothness of the iron changes to something aggressive in its roughness.
‘Optic-Topic’ is a beautiful example of this concept in Man Ray’s art. An elegant mask in gleaming gold, an object from the world of jewellery, becomes mysterious and extraordinary. Looking through the mask from the inside, our whole understanding of the natural world, its spaces and light, is broken down into disorientating and illogical fragments.
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