Man Ray, objects 1916-1921 : the role of aesthetics in the art of idea
Camfield, William A.
Master of Arts
This thesis concerns the object in the work of Man Ray from 1916-1921, his New York Period. The object grew out of Marcel Duchamp's invention of the readymade--infamous for the inclusion of everyday, non-art materials and for the assertion of the will of the artist over craftsmanship--and its conceptual aspects have long been recognized. This thesis is a study of the aesthetic aspects of this new art, beyond the ramifications of the chosen media in regard to traditional concepts of beauty. In analyzing the aesthetic qualities of these objects Man Ray's connection to the art of his time becomes more apparent, important differences between his work and that of Duchamp are discovered, and the role played by the photography and editions of Man Ray's objects in the formation and the viewer's perception of the work is revealed.
Fine Arts; Communication and the arts