This object was first exhibited at the Exposition surréaliste at the Galerie Pierre Colle in Paris in 1933 under the intriguing title Brevet S.G.D.G., meaning "Patent without Governmental Guarantee," a humorous title typical of Man Ray for a clearly useless invention. Around this time, Man Ray incorporated the polyhedron in two photographic compositions alongside objects integral to Man Ray's work, including his own life mask as well as symbols of the artist and his creations.
The title Non-Euclidean Object was not coined until 1944 when a new version was made for the exhibition at the Circle Gallery in Hollywood, Objects of My Affection. Man Ray's description of the object in the accompanying album as "a variation with flat instead of curved planes" may indicate a degree of understanding of non-Euclidean geometry, an expression coined in the nineteenth century to describe the new geometries, including spherical geometry and hyperbolic geometry, that defied Euclid's postulate that two parallel lines could neither intersect nor diverge, which is true of a flat plane.
Please call 1-800-555-5555 to order a print catalog for this sale.
Online Registration to Bid is Closed for this Sale. Would you like to watch the live sale?Watch Live Sale