Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky). Emak Bakia. 1962 (replica of 1926 original)

Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky) Emak Bakia 1962 (replica of 1926 original)

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Like many Surrealist objects, Emak Bakia materialized from a combination of chance discovery and artistic invention. Man Ray found the elegant amputated neck of a double bass at a flea market and paired it with the long, flowing hair of a horse. The light gray horsehair feminizes the instrument's curvaceous forms and is the material typically used to make its bow. Man Ray's enigmatic Basque title for the work, which translates as "leave me alone," is adapted from his 1926 film of the same name. As the title underscores, this object is ultimately an instrument of frustration, from which no music will ever flow.

Gallery label from The Erotic Object: Surrealist Sculpture from the Collection, June 24, 2009–January 4, 2010.
Cello fingerboard and scroll with horsehair
29 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 10 3/4" (74.2 x 14.5 x 27.1 cm), on wood base in two parts, 1 5/8 x 11 x 11 1/8" (4.2 x 27.9 x 28.2 cm)
Kay Sage Tanguy Fund
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© 2021 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Painting and Sculpture

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