Man Ray’s Shakespearean Equations: King Lear

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015

Man Ray’s Shakespearean Equations: King Lear

by Experiment Station
Man Ray placed the painted canvas of King Lear onto a wooden hoop, turning the work into a three-dimensional object and referencing the recurring motif in his work of “squaring the circle.” In rendering this mathematical model on canvas, Man Ray removed the supports integral to the original object (seen in the image above right), leaving the model afloat in an ambiguous space.