Self-Portrait Assemblage
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© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

Man Ray
American, 1916
Gelatin silver print
3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.

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Man Ray made this picture to document an assemblage displayed at his second one-person show at the Daniel Gallery in New York City in 1916. Visitors to the exhibition were reportedly frustrated by the inoperative doorbell in the assemblage. The artist delighted in such surprises and hoped they would lead viewers to find their own meanings in his work.