[Floating sequins]

Object Details


[Floating sequins]


Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)






Gelatin silver print


28.4 x 22.7 cm (11 3/16 x 8 15/16 in.)


© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

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This Rayograph presents a constellation of sequins scattered across a circle of light, a reminder of the simplicity of the photogram process. Man Ray probably made it with little preconception of the final result; he spontaneously employed materials at hand. The work forces the viewer to draw upon his or her own experiences and imagination to give the image meaning, whether picturing a crater-pocked orb or a pocketful of tears.

A Practical Dreamer: The Photographs of Man Ray (October 27, 1998 to October 8, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 27, 1998 to January 17, 1999
  • Walker Art Center, (Minneapolis), April 2 to June 25, 2000
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, (Toronto), July 13 to October 8, 2000
Man Ray/Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism (July 14 to October 14, 2012)
  • The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, July 14 to October 14, 2012
On the Look-out for Light -- Man Ray's Photography in Surrealist Paris (September 15 to December 8, 2013) (65)
  • Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, (Brühl), September 15 to December 8, 2013
Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography (April 14 to September 6, 2015) (65)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 14 to September 6, 2015