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Painting by Man Ray titled Non-Abstraction, 1947

Man Ray
Non-Abstraction, 1947
Oil on panel
36 1/4 x 27 1/2 inches (92.1 x 69.9 cm)
41 1/2 x 33 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (105.4 x 85.1 x 4.5 cm) framed
Photo by Argenis Apolinario; © Man Ray 2015 Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris 2021

Vito Schnabel Gallery in New York is now presenting a small exhibition consisting of four paintings by Francis Picabia and five by Man Ray. Both men were icons of the avant-garde, absurdist art movement Dada of the early twentieth century. They were also friends. And although both were intimately associated with Paris, Man Ray was actually born in Brooklyn and, to the end of his days, spoke English (and French) with a Brooklyn accent. Both men are held in high esteem these days: Man Ray has always had a high reputation, whereas Picabia’s, which had fallen considerably in recent years, was greatly enhanced by the giant retrospective recently at the Museum of Modern Art.

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