A Tube poster by American surrealist Man Ray, known for his mysterious and innovative Rayographs — a means of creating photographic images without using a camera but by putting objects directly on light-sensitive paper — is set to go for auction next month for a five-figure sum.
Commissioned by London Transport whilst Man Ray was in the capital in 1938, the poster transforms the Underground’s classic roundel logo into a mysterious flying object next to the planet Saturn. The slogan reads “— Keeps London Going”, a reference we imagine to the stellar work done from day one by London Transport in keeping city dwellers moving around London?
The poster will be auctioned at Manhattan’s Swann Galleries, who put forward that its message is “unclear”, which has provoked “much commentary” about its exact meaning. This surely ups the excitement around the poster’s auction and sits very nicely in the world Man Ray created.
A spokesman for the company said: “A straightforward interpretation places the London Transport system within the larger, smoothly running, elliptical orbits of the solar system, suggesting efficient and punctual service.” Whilst our morning commute might not always set our thoughts in line with this interpretation, this is certainly a Man Ray piece we would love to get our hands on.
- Books From the Future talk us through its workshop on disaster in contemporary culture
- Molly Bounds paints intimate moments of quiet contemplation
- Friday Mixtape: Grand Union Orchestra's founder curates us a mix on the theme of migration
- Flat-e tells us how it made a visual interpretation of Daniel Avery's record in its entirety
- Girma Berta authentically captures the people of Addis Ababa with an iPhone
- Remember the pre-stage nerves and backstage stress in Alexander Coggin's photos of children's theatre
- Introducing The Graduates class of 2018!
- America's getting a space force and wants Trump supporters to choose its logo
- Swiss design practice Dinamo develops new visual identity for Tumblr
- Meet Adelia Lim, a graphic designer not afraid to poke a little fun at the industry
- Adobe has added 665 new Monotype fonts to Creative Cloud
- "What is my opinion?": Graphic designer James Aspey's research-focused, typographic practice