Man Ray, ‘Dorothea Tanning and Juliet Man Ray in Arizona’, 1941, 46/1941, 46, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works

Title "Dorothea and Juliet Sedona Arizona" written in pencil on print verso. Man Ray's shot of a friend and his wife Juliet holding hands on the bumper of his car, was taken out in the snow, an unusual but not rare occasion for Sedona. This may be the Tanning/Ernst property in Sedona on Brewer Rd., which they bought in 1946 (my thanks to Randy Reynolds for this possible suggestion), or it could be an earlier trip out to the area. See http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=111987 for an image in the Getty Museum of Man Ray in this same car. Man Ray loved this car and often used it in his shots. As he described the purchase of the automobile, "I decided to get a car. It should be a new one. I did some window shopping. Then I saw my car, discreetly advertised. It was a low, closed body, four-seater, completely streamlined without any excess chrome trimmings, the finish, metallic blue, the interior blue, my favorite color. I could see myself in it with my bright blue tweed jacket livening up the color."

About Man Ray

Born Emmanuel Radnitzky, Man Ray adopted his pseudonym in 1909 and would become one of the key figures of Dada and Surrealism. One of the few American artists associated with these movements, Ray was exposed to European avant-garde artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque at Alfred Stieglitz’s New York gallery and at the 1913 Armory Show. Ray’s photographic works are considered his most profound achievement, particularly his portraits, fashion photographs, and technical experiments with the medium, such as solarization and rayographs (an eponym for his photograms), which were celebrated by the Surrealists. “I do not photograph nature,” he once said. “I photograph my visions.” In 1915 he was introduced to Marcel Duchamp, who would become a lifelong friend and influence; he subsequently moved to Paris, practicing there for over 20 years.

American, 1890-1976, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania