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Gelatin silver print
8 1/4 x 16 inches
Purchase with funds from Georgia-Pacific Corporation
Currently Not on View
A member of the New York Dada movement, the American photographer and painter Man Ray was also one of Marcel Duchamp’s close friends and collaborator. This photograph is a document of Duchamp’s sculpture "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 surface of the glass. 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 only a section of the cones covered with dust, which he permanently affixed to the glass plate with diluted cement.