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Autoportrait

1933 Man Ray Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1890 Died: Paris, France 1976 mixed media: bronze, glass, wood, and newsprint 14 x 8 1/4 x 5 3/8 in. (35.6 x 21.1 x 13.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Juliet Man Ray 1983.105.2 Not currently on view


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Man Ray created this self-portrait in Paris, intending for it to appear on the cover of a book of his photographs. A bronze cast of his face, wearing the artist's glasses, mocks the tradition of memorializing great men with death masks. The cast is cushioned in newsprint like a corpse in a coffin. Autoportrait suggests an artist entombed in his reputation and belies Man Ray's brave assertion "I simply try to be as free as possible . . . The work is done. I have total freedom."

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Keywords

Dress - accessory - eye wear

Occupation - art - painter

Occupation - art - photographer

Occupation - art - sculptor

Portrait male - Man Ray - head

Portrait male - Man Ray - self-portrait

sculpture - assemblage

glass

metal - bronze

mixed media

wood

cast

About Man Ray

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1890 Died: Paris, France 1976

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