Exhibitions/ Art Object

Dust Breeding

Artist:
Man Ray (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1890–1976 Paris)
Date:
1920, printed ca. 1967
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
23.9 x 30.4 cm (9 7/16 x 12 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Photography in the Fine Arts Gift, 1969
Accession Number:
69.521
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
One of Duchamp's close friends and a member of the New York Dada scene, the American photographer and painter Man Ray (1890-1976) was also one of Duchamp's collaborators. His photograph Dust Breeding (Duchamp's Large Glass with Dust Motes) from 1920 is a document of The Large Glass after it had collected a year's worth of dust while Duchamp was in New York. The photograph was taken with a two-hour-long exposure that beautifully captures the complex texture and diversity of materials that lay atop the glass surface. Dust Breeding marks a pivotal phase in the development of Duchamp's masterpiece. After the photograph was taken, Duchamp wiped The Large Glass almost entirely clean, leaving a section of the cones covered with dust, which he permanently affixed to the glass plate with a diluted cement.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on the print, recto BLC: "7/10"; BC: "Marcel Duchamp"; BRC: "Man Ray 1920"; inscribed in ink on the print, verso BRC: "Photo Coll. Man Ray 1920"
David Hayes

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