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Life Saver

American Art

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Life Saver

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Man Ray
American, 1890–1976

Date

1944

Medium

Cork, wood, metal, rubber, and candy

Accession #

1985.118

Dimensions

15 x 9 x 3 1/2 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 301

Description

Life Saver is the quintessential Surrealist object by artist Man Ray, who furthered Marcel Duchamp’s concept of the readymade by infusing his found objects with psychological potential. With its two upright forms, central body, and candy “eye,” Life Saver suggests a hybrid human form standing like a totemic sentinel over the dream world. Man Ray’s experimental work in photography—including solarizations, double exposures, and photograms (or “rayographs”)—was also highly influential among the Surrealists.

Credit

Purchase with Fay and Barrett Howell Fund

Image Copyright

(c) 2019 Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris