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Dada & Surrealism A&I (Art and Ideas) Paperback – November 19, 1997

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'Anyone who wants to get their bearings in Duchamp and Dali's worlds should read Matthew Gale's Dada & Surrealism. Gale provides an extremely clear, up-to-date and thorough account of all the movements' different strands around the world. One of the main pleasures of the book is the quantity and range of colour illustrations. Gale's book should become the standard general survey.' (Independent) 'Art & Ideas has broken new ground in making accessible authoritative views on periods, movements and concepts in art. As a series it represents a real advance in publishing.' (Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate London) 'The format is wonderful and offers what had long been missing in academic studies: usable manuals for specific themes or periods...I am definitely not alone in welcoming Art & Ideas as a precious set of teaching tools.' (Joachim Pissarro, Yale University)

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Matthew Gale is Head of Displays and Curator at Tate Modern.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (November 19, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714832618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714832616
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While its 6" by 9" format necessarily limits the sizes of the illustrations, Gale's choices of which illustrations to include are excellent, ranging from the requisite Picabias, Ernsts, and Dalis to works by lesser-known (and sometimes non-European) artists like Remedios Varo. The author has thoroughly researched his subject, and the text is both authoritative and insightful.
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By A Customer on August 28, 2001
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Gale provides the better part of what is required to get a sense of the Dada movement. Other books on the subject provide a more concise and readable narrative of the subject, but Gale's book is full of illustrations that offer a good feel for the works created in the various Dada cities and periods. Not definitive, but close enough.
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By A Customer on December 5, 1998
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This book is incredible in its design and content. Th quality of the images and text is superb. It also bridges the history between Dada and surrealism presenting works of art in vivid color along the way. It serves as a resource of the two movements backgrounds and history as well as pleasing the eye with its many examples.
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I give it a 3 stars because of the pictures, there were some I was not able to find in other books about Dada

Good things about this book:
*Includes good pictures, most of them are one page size, okay for illustration and hard to see listed somewhere else.
*Good introduction for someone that is just looking for a general overview of Dada movement.
*Nice binding, I purchased as used and the book was in good condition. It is really heavy for taking it with you on the road.

Bad things:
*Extremely exhaustive exposition of names and dates, it is more of a historical review than a book related to art and the Dada relevance.
*Heavy reading, the book is really long and at moments it was hard to keep the interest to continue reading, specially because it serves as a nice introduction but if you already know about the main artists and the Dada movement it gets boring.
*Too much information on Surrealism, there could be a separate volume devoted to that. I wanted Dada, but ended up with 4 chapters or more (I did not finish the book) dedicated to Surrealism material.
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