Marcel Duchamp

Object Details


Marcel Duchamp


Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)






Gelatin silver print


24.3 x 18.6 cm (9 9/16 x 7 5/16 in.)


© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

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French artist Marcel Duchamp, known for his notorious 1912 painting Nude Descending a Staircase, first arrived in New York in the summer of 1915. Despite a language barrier, he and Man Ray quickly recognized one another as kindred spirits and a lifelong friendship ensued. Duchamp's rejection of the artist's role as tastemaker and his fascination with unusual media dovetailed with Man Ray's developing artistic philosophy, and the two collaborated on several projects. Their desire to foster and promote progressive art led them to found the Société Anonymewith collector Katherine Dreier in 1920.

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
Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia (February 21 to September 21, 2008)
  • Tate Modern (London), February 21 to May 26, 2008
  • Museu Nacional d'Arte de Catalunya (Barcelona), June 19 to September 21, 2008
Images of the Artist (November 15, 2011 to February 12, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 15, 2011 to February 12, 2012