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Discoveries: Dada: The Revolt of Art Paperback – April 1, 2006


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  • Series: Discoveries
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810992558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810992559
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marc Dachy has studied and written about many avant-garde movements over the past thirty years and has published several volumes on Dada. In 2005 he organized the exhibition Murayama/Schwitters in Tokyo and published the Archives du Mouvement Dada. He lives in Paris, France.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
There are quite a few excellent books about Dada, but the problem for the beginner is: Where to start? I think you can't do much better than this slim but richly packed volume in the Discoveries series, which provides a clear history & timeline of the movement, plenty of art & photographs, and a representative sampling of important Dada documents.

Dada is unquestionably "the Art of Revolt" as stated in the book's subtitle, most of all a revolt against the useless slaughter of World War One & the collapse of pre-war civilized Europe. To quote Jean Arp: "We were looking for an elementary type of art that we thought would save mankind from the raging madness of those times. We aspired to a new order that could re-establish the balance between heaven and hell. This art quickly became the object of general reprobation. It was hardly surprising that the 'bandits' could not understand us. Their puerile obsession with authoritarianism demands that even art should serve to stupefy mankind."

A statement, by the way, that remains equally true today, as the "civilized" world savagely tears at itself & those at the top divide the spoils, same as it ever was a century ago.

While Dada of course gave birth to Surrealism, with many Dadaists making the transition, there's a striking difference between the two movements. Surrealism was more in the Romantic vein -- something I dearly love -- and it sought to create new forms of beauty, to restore the wonder that the everyday world of power & money had lost. Dada was far more scathing & acerbic, sickened by the meaningless carnage of war, enraged by the eager acquiescence of the public to those who sent so many of their sons to die in the trenches. While my creative heart does belong to Surrealism, there's a burning place in it for Dada as well. This little book will explain to any reader why that is -- highly recommended!
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