About this artwork

Man Ray turned to making collages as a way of de-personalising art. This work was made during the early stages of New York Dada. The title means 'intricate' and 'curled', and the collage is composed of spiralling forms. The letters 'INV' and the 'O' beneath, combined with the cut-out metal lute, spell out the title in a visual pun. The long screw form on the left is echoed by the actual screw which holds the metal plate in place. The threads in a transparent wallet, tacked on to the picture, refer to the strings of the lute.

  • title:
    Involute
  • accession number:
    GMA 2064
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  • materials:
    Mixed-media collage on card laid on laminated board
  • date created:
    1917
  • measurements:
    61.50 x 46.50 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1978
  • copyright:
    © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Man Ray

Man Ray