Man RayEmak Bakia 1926, remade 1970

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Man Ray (1890‑1976)
Emak Bakia
Date 1926, remade 1970
MediumWood and horse hair on wooden base
Dimensionsobject: 510 x 197 x 260 mm, 1.4 kg
Acquisition Presented by the Tate Collectors Forum 2002
Not on display


Emak Bakia, 1926, remade 1970, consists of an upright wooden part that resembles the neck of a ‘cello but which has had its strings replaced by unplayable, loose horsehair. The two locks of hair flow down the wooden neck and endow the piece with a sense of life. The original work consisted of the neck of an old ‘cello picked up in a Paris flea market and the horsehair of the bow used for playing the instrument. Arturo Schwarz, Man Ray’s dealer and author of a monograph on him, has written, ‘The ‘cello-neck looked worn and weathered, and Man Ray felt the urge to point humorously to its age: since it has grown old, he gave it a long white beard’ (Schwarz, p.155)… (read more)

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