Man Ray (1890-1976)
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Man Ray (1890-1976)

Smoking Device

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Man Ray (1890-1976)
Smoking Device
signed, titled, dated and inscribed 'Smoking Device, Man Ray 1961, no. 1-59' (on the base)
hose pipe, wooden test tube stand, and glass marbles
8½in. (21cm.) high
Conceived in 1959 and executed in 1970 in an edition of 10, plus two prototypes, this work is the second prototype executed in 1961
Provenance
Galleria Schwarz, Milan.
M. Levy, Hamburg.
Zabriskie Gallery, New York.
Literature
Exh. cat. Museum Boymans-van-Beuningen, Rotterdam, Man Ray, September-November 1971, p. 88 (illustrated).
Exh. cat. the Mayor Gallery, London, Man Ray, Summer 1974, no. 27 (another example illustrated).
R. Penrose, Man Ray, London 1975, fig. 130 p. 196 (illustrated).
A. Schwarz, Man Ray, the Rigour of Imagination, London 1977, no. 342 (illustrated p. 219).
Exh. cat. Galerie der Stadt, Stuttgart, Man Ray, January-April 1998, p. 248 (another example illustrated).
ed. T.A.R. Neff, In the Mind's Eye Dada and Surrealism, p. 181 (another example illustrated in colour p. 17).
ed. Philipper Sers, Man Ray, objets de mon affection, Paris 1983, p. 154 (another example illustrated in colour p. 108).
Exhibited
Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Pop Art, Nouveaux Réalisme, etc..., February-March 1965, no. 85.
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Lot Essay

This piece is one of the two prototypes constructed by Man Ray and distinguishes itself from the later edition executed by Studio Marconi in 1970 by the colour of the plastic tubing.
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