The J. Paul Getty Museum

Untitled Rayograph [Scissors and cut paper]

Object Details

Title:

Untitled Rayograph [Scissors and cut paper]

Artist/Maker:

Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)

Culture:

American

Date:

1927

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

84.XM.1000.169

Dimensions:

30.2 × 25.2 cm (11 7/8 × 9 15/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

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Object Description

In his autobiography, Man Ray wrote that he discovered the photogram technique--which he renamed Rayograph--by accident in 1921, while developing photographs for French couturier Paul Poiret. Rayographs allowed Man Ray to make photographic images without a camera.

The process, whose results were called photogenic drawings in the nineteenth century and photograms in the twentieth, involves placing an object on photographic paper, which is then exposed to a light source. Since they were made without a negative, Rayographs--like paintings and drawings--are one-of-a-kind objects.

Provenance
Provenance
before 1973

Man Ray, American, 1890 - 1976, sold to Arnold Crane, before 1973.

before 1973 - 1984

Arnold Crane, American, 1932 - 2014, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
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
On the Look-out for Light -- Man Ray's Photography in Surrealist Paris (September 15 to December 8, 2013)
  • Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR (Brühl), September 15 to December 8, 2013
Bibliography
Bibliography

Pech, Jürgen, Achim Sommer, and Patrick Blümel. Man Ray: Fotograf Im Paris Der Surrealisten. (Brühl: Max Ernst Museum des LVR, 2013), p. 139.