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Oil on canvas painting by Man Ray, Composition, 1954

Man Ray
Composition, 1954
Oil on canvas
18 x 15 inches (45.7 x 38 cm)
19 1/4 x 16 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches (48.9 x 41.3 x 3.8 cm) framed
Photo by Argenis Apolinario; © Man Ray 2015 Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris 2021

This compact and dynamic show of Man Ray and Francis Picabia includes just nine works but, spanning the 1920s to the ‘50s, effectively documents the often counterintuitive evolution of the artists’ careers, both in tandem and in their divergences. Marcel Duchamp introduced Picaba and Man Ray in 1915—both artists went on to work in Dada circles. Picabia abandoned the movement early, in 1921, and soon thereafter initiated his Transparencies series. Here three are on view, including the earth-toned Helias (c. 1930), which depicts two chalky white hands, fingers spread over a pair of overlaid faces.

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