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This found sculpture looks almost like a modern totem pole in the centre of the city. The function of the wooden structure on a concrete base is unclear, but it acquires the status of a work of art in the photograph. Perhaps it was an ironic reference to the Statue of Liberty, the symbol of America. In 1920 Man Ray sent the photograph, printed as a postcard, to Tristan Tzara as a contribution for his compilation ‘Dadaglobe’. Theo van Doesburg acquired the photograph in 1921.
|Title||La plus belle statue d'Amérique|
|Material and technique||Gelatin silver print on fibre-based paper|
|Location||This object is in storage|
Artist: Man Ray
|Accession number||3501 (MK)|
|Credits||Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with support of: Mondriaan Fonds 2002|
|Age maker||About 30 years old|
|Exhibitions|| Surreëel: foto's uit de collectie van Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (2011)
|External exhibitions|| Dadaglobe Reconstructed (2016)
|Material||Fiber-based paper > Photographic paper > Paper > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique|
|Object||Photograph > Two-dimensional object > Art object|
|Technique||Gelatin silver print > Bromide print > Photographic printing technique > Mechanical > Planographic printing > Printing technique > Technique > Material and technique|
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All about the maker
Philadelphia 1890 - Parijs 1976
The American artist Emmanuel Radnitzky, who would call himself Man Ray, began his career as engraver and advertising designer. In New York he got to know the wo..