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Square Dumb Bells

1944 or 1945 Man Ray Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1890 Died: Paris, France 1976 cast bronze parts A and B: 9 3/8 x 1 7/8 x 1 7/8 in. (23.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 cm) each Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Juliet Man Ray 1983.105.17A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49B


Luce Center Quote

“Art simply varies in its sources of inspiration and in its modes of execution. It can vary within one man, depending on his curiosity and on his sense of freedom.” Man Ray, Exhibition Catalogue, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1966

Luce Center Label

Man Ray enjoyed questioning the function of everyday objects. This piece displays two weightlifting dumbbells as found objects or “readymades.” The object and the title express two contradictions: Dumb can mean speechless or silent and so the Dumb Bell cannot ring, while the dumbbells cannot be lifted because they have become objects of art.

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

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