Man Ray’s Shakespearean Equations: Merry Wives of Windsor

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(left) Man Ray, Shakespearean Equation, Merry Wives of Windsor, 1948. Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 1/8 in. Private Collection, Courtesy Fondazione Marconi, Milan. © Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris 2015 (right) Mathematical Object: Imaginary and Real Part of the Derivative of the Weierstrass ℘–Function, c. 1900. Plaster, 6 1/2 × 8 × 5 7/8 in. Brill-Schilling Collection. Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris. Photo: Elie Posner

Man Ray explained that the mathematical model of an elliptical function in this Shakespearean Equation reminded him of “the group of merry wives of Windsor getting together to gossip and laugh.” A former Phillips intern remarked that the artist’s dash of color in his interpretation of this mathematical model really does make it merrier.

I Spy with My Little Eye…

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We’ve been loving all of the incredible submissions to our InstaManRay in-gallery experience inspired by Man Ray’s photos of mathematical equations. Visitors to Man Ray–Human Equations can snap photos of 3D printed mathematical models and share them via Instagram (see a previous roundup here).

Some of our favorites have been photos that use the mathematical objects as frames. What do you spy in these photos? See more by following the projects Instagram account @InstaManRay2015 or #InstaManRay.

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Coming Home From Korea

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Masterworks from The Phillips Collection being packed up and shipped back home

After a visit to the Daejeon Museum of Art in central Korea, masterworks by the likes of Daumier, Degas, Kandinsky, Picasso, and more from The Phillips Collection are headed back to the U.S. Phillips Preparator Shelly Wischhusen and Associate Registrar for Exhibitions Trish Waters snapped some pictures as the exhibition was being packed up (and got in some sightseeing as well!).

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Phillips Staff outside the Seoul Arts Center.

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(left) A quote from Duncan Phillips on the walls of the Korean exhibition (right) Associate Registrar for Exhibitions Trish Waters and Vice President of EduChosun Jung Tae Choi pose with cutouts from Manet’s Spanish Ballet

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More crates are brought in for packing up artwork.

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Phillips employees took some time to sight-see, including Olafur Eliasson’s installation at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul.

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View of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza.

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Phillips Preparator Bill Koberg and Associate Registrar for Exhibitions Trish Waters pose in front of a Buddhist Hanging Scroll for Outdoor Rituals (Joseon, 1700, 995X915cm, Treasure No. 1268, owned by Naesosa Temple) at the National Museum of Korea.