RAY, Man

Philadelphia, PA 1890 - Paris 1976



1928/c. 1958 (c. 1958, replica of 1921 original)

painted flatiron with row of thirteen tacks, heads glued to bottom


Dimensions (HxWxD): 6 18 x 3 58 x 4 12 in.

Acc. No.: 249.1966

Credit Line: James Thrall Soby Fund

Photo credit:


  • 1966, James Thrall Soby Fund


  • Museum's website, April 11, 2013
  • 1966 Constantine and Drexler
    Mildred Constantine and Arthur Drexler, The Object Transformed, 1966, repr. p. 28
  • 1967 NY MoMA Barr
    Alfred H. Barr, Painting and Sculpture in The Museum of Modern Art, 1929-1967, New York, 1967, ill. 417
  • 1968 Rubin
    William S. Rubin, Dada, Surrealism, and Their Heritage, 1968, repr. p. 35
  • 1977 NY MoMA Legg
    Painting and Sculpture in The Museum of Modern Art, with Selected Works on Paper. Catalogue of the Collection, January 1, 1977, Edited by Alicia Legg, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, 1977, p. 60

Related works

  • One of five or six replicas made before 1963.
    In 1963, the artist produced, signed, and numbered ten additional copies.


  • MoMA's website, April 11, 2013:
    June 18–September 11, 2006
    Man Ray’s first solo exhibition in Paris included paintings, aerographs, and collages, mostly brought from New York in his steamer trunk. Not listed in the catalogue was an object Man Ray constructed on the very afternoon his show opened: he glued a row of fourteen tacks to the bottom of an iron and added it to the works on display as a gift for the gallery owner, the poet Philippe Soupault. With its menacing blend of domesticity and sadomasochism, the object apparently attracted unusual attention—by the end of the day, Gift had vanished.