Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky)

Gift

c. 1958 (replica of 1921 original)

Medium
Painted flatiron and tacks
Dimensions
6 1/8 x 3 5/8 x 4 1/2" (15.3 x 9 x 11.4 cm)
Credit
James Thrall Soby Fund
Object number
249.1966
Copyright
© 2017 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky) has 110 works  online.
There are 1,555 sculptures online.

Man Rays first solo exhibition in Paris included paintings, aerographs, and collages, mostly brought from New York in his steamer trunk. Not listed in the catalogue was an object Man Ray constructed on the very afternoon his show opened: he glued a row of fourteen tacks to the bottom of an iron and added it to the works on display as a gift for the gallery owner, the poet Philippe Soupault. With its menacing blend of domesticity and sadomasochism, the object apparently attracted unusual attention—by the end of the day, Gift had vanished.

Gallery label from Dada, June 18–September 11, 2006

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