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Le Voyeur

1965 Man Ray Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1890 Died: Paris, France 1976 wooden cigar box with inserted door lens 6 1/8 x 6 3/8 x 1 1/4 in. (15.4 x 16.1 x 3.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Juliet Man Ray 1983.105.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49B

Luce Center Quote

“Everything I do is done in the spirit of pleasure.” Man Ray, Exhibition Catalogue, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1966

Luce Center Label

Man Ray loved expressing humor in his work and often hinted at erotic imagery through his assemblages of everyday objects. In Le Voyeur the title immediately conjures up the idea of secretly watching something illicit, but when we look into the lens, all we can see is the back of a cigar box.



Modern art movement - assemblage - box


mixed media