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Dust Breeding

Photography
photograph
Dust Breeding

Artist/Maker

Man Ray
American, 1890–1976

Date

1920

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Accession #

1984.223

Dimensions

8 1/4 x 16 inches

Location

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Lower Level, Gallery 101

A fixture of Surrealist and Dadaist circles in Paris, Man Ray was a close friend and collaborator of fellow artist Marcel Duchamp. At his friend’s request, Man Ray photographed Duchamp’s sculpture The Large Glass after it had collected a year’s worth of dust in storage while Duchamp was in New York. Taken from an elevated perspective and with part of the sculpture cropped out, the photograph transcends mere documentation by removing any sense of scale. The modestly sized artwork is transformed into an expansive otherworldly landscape.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Georgia-Pacific Corporation