MAN RAY (1890–1976)
Objet à detruire, 1923-1930
ferrotyped gelatin silver print, printed probably 1960s
signed, titled and dated by the artist, variously inscribed in pencil and annotated in red ink (verso)
image/sheet: 938 x 614 in. (23.8 x 15.8 cm.)
Private Collection, Milan;
acquired from the above by a private collector, New York, 1978.
Man Ray, Man Ray / Oggetti d'Affezione, Einaudi Publishing, Turin, 1970, pl. 20.
Philippe Sers, MAN RAY / Objets de mon affection, Paris, 1983, p. 46, cat. 31.
Neil Baldwin, Man Ray: American Artist, Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., New York, 1988, p. 164.
Mason Klein, Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2009, p. 70, cover (color variant).
Phillip Prodger, Man Ray Lee Mills: Partners in Surrealism, Merrell, London, 2011, p. 107 (color variant).
Wendy A. Grossman and Andrew Strauss, Man Ray: Human Equations, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2015, fig. 137., p. 155.
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There is some dispute as to when Object To Be Destroyed was realized. The 1970 Italian catalogue (compiled with Man Ray) provides the date 1933, the year after Man Ray and Lee Miller parted. The French catalogue raisonné of the objects MAN RAY / Objets de mon affection (1983) dates the the work 1923-1930 indicating the addition of the Miller eye while the relationship was ongoing. The latter date is used here.

See lot 49 for additional notes on the collection from which this was acquired.

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