Man Ray

Revolving Doors II (Longue Distance) (Published 1926 (after collages of 1916 - 1917))

About this artwork

These prints are based on collages made in New York from 1916-17. When framed for their first installation at the Daniel Gallery in 1919, the collages were hinged separately on a revolving stand. The movement of the prints as they were rotated on the stand was therefore similar to a revolving door and produced impressive optical effects. The vividly-coloured collages were not well received by avant-garde collectors, who were more familiar with the subdued palette and lyrical abstract shapes of Cubism. The collages were displayed again in 1926, when a series of 105 prints was made, of which this set is number six. This is the second print of the set. The blue shape is reminiscent of the lute in Man Ray’s collage ‘Involute’, made around the same time and in the Gallery’s collection.

  • title: Revolving Doors II (Longue Distance)
  • accession number: GMA 4003 B
  • artist: Man RayAmerican (1890 - 1976)
  • gallery: Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art One(Print Room)
  • object type: Work on paper
  • date created: Published 1926 (after collages of 1916 - 1917)
  • measurements: 56.00 x 38.00 cm (paper size)
  • credit line: Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995
  • copyright: © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016.

Man Ray

Man Ray

Man Ray was born Emmanuel Radinski, in Philadelphia. In 1915 he met Marcel Duchamp and became involved with the New York Dada group. Man Ray moved to Paris in 1921, where he continued his dada activities and worked as part of the surrealist group. He was able to earn a living as a fashion and portrait photographer, while pursuing creative activities on the side. His artworks took various forms, and included photographs, paintings, objects and collages. A highly inventive photographer, he pioneered several techniques, including 'solarization', invented with his photographic assistant, Lee Miller, who became a photographer in her own right.

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