Square Dumb Bells

  • Man Ray, Square Dumb Bells, 1944 or 1945, cast bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Juliet Man Ray, 1983.105.17A-B

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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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“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

Title
Square Dumb Bells
Artist
Date
1944 or 1945
Location
Dimensions
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
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Juliet Man Ray

Mediums
Mediums Description
cast bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – toy – sports equipment
Object Number
1983.105.17A-B
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