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Problem of the Sky-scrapers—and Solution

Skyscrapers represented a powerful symbol of American progress and industrialization for the Dadaists. This drawing relates to a series of apocalyptic landscapes with ghostly figures that Man Ray began in Hollywood, which he called a “mirage city.” The drawing’s futuristic architecture—based on Los Angeles—inspired the setting for the artist’s unpublished novel featuring a cityscape of two-story skyscrapers, which had “the illusion of buildings that had been laid on their sides.”

Man Ray
American, 1890–1976
Problem of the Sky-scrapers—and Solution
Black ink on paper
Image/sheet: 11 13/16 x 17 ¾ in. (30.0 x 45.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 72.103.2

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