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Oil on canvas painting by Man Ray titled The Tempest, 1948

Man Ray
The Tempest, 1948
Oil on canvas
18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61 cm)
25 3/8 x 31 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (64.5 x 80 x 4.5 cm) framed
Photo by Argenis Apolinario; © Man Ray 2015 Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris 2021

In 1916, the most exciting art movement appeared and echoed on the international scale as an immediate reaction to the absurdity of WW I. Under the name Dada, a word that Richard Huelsenbeck and Hugo Ball accidentally found in a French-German dictionary, the movement grew rapidly and gathered numerous artists expressing themselves with all means possible, from painting and photography, to performance and literature.

Although marked as anti-art, berzerk, and meaningless, Dada’s raw energy enabled artists to express a myriad of emotions and fully plunge into experimentation. Among those who created memorable works of art while affiliated with the movement were the two avant-garde giants, Man Ray and Francis Picabia.

To take a closer look at their intersectional practices through a prism of an imaginary dialog, Vito Schnabel Gallery decided to organize an exhibition simply called Man Ray & Picabia, that will bring nine paintings made by the artists in between the late 1920s to the mid-1950s.

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