by Man Ray (1890-1976)
France, 1926

22" high; 15" wide

Revolving Doors portfolio comprising 10 pochoirs.
Signed Man Ray in pencil on the right and numbered 68/105 on the left.
Framed in gold leaf frame with linen mat.

These pochoirs are based on collages made in New York from 1916-17. When framed for their first installation at the Daniel Gallery in 1919, the collages were hinged separately on a revolving stand. The movement of the prints as they were rotated on the stand was therefore similar to a revolving door and produced impressive optical effects. The collages were displayed again in 1926, when 105 folios of 10 pochoirs were produced by Editions Surrealistes in Paris in 1926.

Man Ray was born Emmanuel Radnitzky in South Philadelphia to recent Russian Jewish immigrants. He spent most of his adult life in Paris, encouraged to move there by his close friend Marcel Duchamp. In Paris, Ray was a member of the Dada group and then the Surrealists. These two movements are distinguished by a juxtaposition of discongruent forms or ideas. This influence appears in the relationship between these pochoirs and the text the artist has written for each one. In 1999, ARTnews magazine named Man Ray as one of the 25 most influential artists of the 20th Century.

$110,000 for complete portfolio of 10 & cover - Inv. #128