Text by Larry List
This catalogue is published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery, the first to explore the ideas that influenced and inspired the work of both 20th century Dada/Surrealist master Man Ray and contemporary Appropriation artist Sherrie Levine. The catalogue features 60 full-color illustrations of all the works in the exhibition, which reveal the two artists’ shared interests in experimental materials; games and play as creative strategies; new realms of subject matter; a fascination with masks and fetishes; pioneering use of found objects and Readymades; the willingness to transpose and repeat images across time and media; and the use simple, yet profound gestures to re-define art-making. Also included is an introduction by Marion Meyer, President of the International Man Ray Association and an extended essay written by Larry List, the New York-based independent curator of the exhibition. The author of The Imagery of Chess Revisited, about chess, Surrealism, and the New York School, List is currently working on a book titled Permanent Attraction: The Art of Man Ray.