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Modern Art Monday Presents: Man Ray, Obstruction

Man Ray Obstruction
All Photos By Gail

Man Ray (1890 – 1976) worked in a wide variety of media, including photography, painting, and sculpture, often blurring the boundaries between these practices. Obstruction, an assemblage of 63 wooden coat hangers, is an example of the type of artwork Dada artist Marcel Duchamp called a Ready-Made, a term that suggests Man Ray’s appropriation and manipulation of pre-existing, common objects. The sculpture playfully mimics a chandelier, but, as the hangers seemingly divide and multiply, Obstruction quickly evolves into a dense tangle of overlapping forms. Cast shadows serve as distorted, immaterial extensions of its physical presence. Man Ray first created Obstruction in 1920, but the present work belongs to an addition of 15 reproductions that he created in 1961 for an important exhibition of kinetic art.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Man Ray Obstruction

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Opera Gallery Presents Contemporary Masters

Andy Warhol Lincoln Center Ticket
Lincoln Center Ticket By Andy Warhol

It’s not even June, but it already feels like the galleries are winding down for a summer of dormancy. Opera Gallery in Soho just launched a group show, Contemporary Masters, that contains a few interesing pieces but had a surprisingly low Wow Factor. Here are a few pieces that stood out for me.

Keith Haring Untitled
Keith Haring, Untitled

It’s always fun to see a Warhol and a Haring. Their stuff never gets old to me.

Arman Marmelade De Porcelaine Chinoise
Arman’s Marmelade De Porcelaine Chinoise

French artist/sculptor Arman, perhaps best known for his deconstructed violins, has this awesome piece made with broken china suspended in plexiglass. Really gorgeous.

Arman Sliced Violins
Sliced Violins With Acrylic Paint on Canvas By Arman

David Mach Standing Gorilla
David Mach’s Standing Gorilla Greets You!

Sculptor David Mach has a few interesting works in the show, including two sculptures made from wire coat hangers. This towering Standing Gorilla is in the front window but I could not get a good shot of it from the street. It’s pretty cool though.

Manolo Valdes Cabeza Con Mariposas Plateada
Manolo Valdes Cabeza Con Mariposas Plateada

If you’ve been to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx then you’ve seen the seven gigantic replicas of the statue above, by Spanish artist Manolo Valdes, scattered about the grounds. The title translates to “Head with Silver Butterflies.” I like it.

Alexander Calder Stripes and Stripes
Alexander Calder Stripes and Stripes

When I think of Calder, I mostly assosciate his name with playful, minimalist mobiles. This painting by him is lovely.

Opera Gallery is Located at 115 Spring Street in Soho, New York, NY 10012.