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Fisherman's Idol

cast 1973 Man Ray Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1890 Died: Paris, France 1976 bronze 16 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (41.4 x 12.0 x 12.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Juliet Man Ray 1983.105.7 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, North Wing


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“These objects are a mystery to [me] as much as they might be to others and [I] hope that they will always remain so. That is their justification, if any is needed.” Man Ray, Exhibition Catalogue, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1966

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Man Ray made many works from objects that he had picked up by chance, arranging the items in a thought-provoking way. Fisherman’s Idol is a bronze casting of a wood and cork assemblage that was first exhibited in 1926. The bronze gives the piece a permanence that the original materials could not offer. The tall figure evokes a primitive sculpture of a mythical god or a talisman carried by sailors to protect them from the dangers of the sea.

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Abstract - geometric

sculpture

metal - bronze

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welded

About Man Ray

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

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