[Man Ray (1890 - 1976), Vibration, 1940, watercolor on paper, Sotheby's.]
[Gold bracelet; Tamil Nadu; 19th century. From the Michael C. Carlos Museum exhibition catalog When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection.]
I had planned to simply post a reminder that there are only a few weeks left to see this 19th-century Indian bracelet with lahariya pattern, along with numerous other gold pieces, in When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection on view at the Carlos through July 11, 2010. But then I stumbled upon the Man Ray. I had to juxtapose the ordered, rhythmic zig-zags of the bracelet with Ray's more frenetic lines.
According to Sotheby's, the watercolor may represent the fear Ray felt as he fled the Nazi invasion of Paris in 1940 and abandoned his photography career. At the same time, he may have felt exhilaration about a new found freedom and return to a previous passion: painting. This work is included in the upcoming Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale.
Also ending soon: The Allure of the Automobile, on view at the High through June 27, 2010. Shown above, the plaid interior of a silver 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR.