Man Ray
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Man Ray 1967
  • Artist Rooms
This poster is for an exhibition of Warhol’s work in 1974 at the Galleria Il Fauno in Milan. It features a portrait of the American photographer and Dada artist, Man Ray. In the early 1970s Warhol began to accept regular commissions to paint the portraits of the rich and famous. However, as well as commissions, he also painted a number of portraits of people he admired, especially other artists. Man Ray was one of his heroes, so much so that, when he could afford it, Warhol acquired a number of his photographs, paintings and early books. This image is based on a Polaroid photograph he took of him, cigar in mouth, in 1973. As with the portraits of his mother and other people he felt close to, these portraits of Man Ray are among the most painterly and heavily-worked Warhol ever painted.

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When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.


A radical artistic and literary movement that was a reaction against the cultural climate that supported the First World War. The Dadaists took an anti-establishment attitude, questioning art's status and favouring performance and collage over traditional art techniques. Many Dadaists went on to become involved with Surrealism.

Commission, Dada


  • Acc. No. AR00415
  • Medium Lithograph on canvas textured paper
  • Size 100.30 x 69.90 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008