Painted aluminium, with its cylindrical presentation box Original conceived in 1919, this edition produced in 1959 Signed Man Ray and numbered 74/100 on a printed editions mat label affixed to the lid of the presentation box.
First executed in paper in 1919, unique examples made in 1921 (painted tin), c. 1923-25 (paper), c. 1944 (paper) and 1954 (painted aluminium), and an edition of 100 in 1964 (editions mat). -
Known by the pseudonym Man Ray, Emmanuel Rudnitsky produced a singular, multidisciplinary body of work embracing photography, film, painting, sculpture, and assemblage. Trained in industrial drawing, Man Ray rejected the idea of a hierarchy of the arts and, like his two Dadaist companions Francis Picabia and Marcel Duchamp, desacralized bourgeois values. The ingenious and mocking ready-mades that he created at the turn of the 1920s typify the determination shared by many avant-gardes to reject “fine arts” and to reveal the beauty of the industrial world by playing games with forms and language.
Lampshade (1919), was one of the first “objects of my affection” he created in New York: originally cut out from a lampshade, the work is a sheet of metal hanging from a rod, its weight causing it to form a spiral. In its variable forms, and sometimes lit from the inside by a light bulb, the sculpture comes alive in contact with the air and casts its shadow play on the surrounding surfaces. Recreated and photographed on several occasions, featured in Man Ray’s films and paintings, the work acquired a kind of “fetish” status. In the same spirit of play between fiction and reality, Obstruction (1920/1961) consists of sixty-three wooden coat hangers suspended and hanging together like a moving arborescence of forms, bringing into play the sense of hearing as well as sight. While the power to metamorphose objects by the use of light is central to Man Ray’s work, the shadow theatre created by Obstruction is as dramatic as it is absurd—two key qualities in this American artist’s work—and thus connects with his most famous experiments, his rayographs and solarisations.
- Cécile Godefroy From the book 'Suspension', by Matthieu Poirier, published by Olivier Malingue Ltd and Skira, Paris, 2018. Book available to purchase from the gallery for £35.
Galerie 1900-2000, Paris
OK Harris, New York.
Milan, Galleria Schwarz, 1964, similar copy.
Tokyo and Nagoya, Akira Ikeda Gallery, similar copy.
Sao Paulo, Museu de arte Brasileira, Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado, Illuminar, design et lumière 1920-2004, 18 February - 2 May 2004, p. 289, similar copy reproduced p. 112.
London, Olivier Malingue, Suspension – A History of Abstract Hanging Sculpture 1918–2018, 1 October - 15 December 2018, p. 137, similar copy reproduced p. 139.
Röselse i Konsten, Moderna Museét, Stockholm. similar copy.
Jean-Hubert Martin, Man Ray : Objets de mon affection, Paris, Ed. Philippe Sers, 1983, similar copy reproduced p. 28.
Katerina Vatsella, Edition MAT, Daniel Spoerri, Karl Gestner und das multiple, 1998, similar copy reproduced p. 231.