on 18 March 2012
The word it missed out was 'excellent' - this is 'a very short excellent introduction', a very well thought out and explained journey through the vagaries of numbers of artists, making sense of their differing efforts, aims, successes or failures.
In short, a wonderful example of the successful herding of cats. Thorough, well researched, really interesting, highly recommended.
on 9 December 2014
David Hopkins does a good job of drawing out the essential lines of a history of Dada and Surrealism. It is a tough job because the two movements have such obvious crossovers and are yet so widely different. It is good that Hopkins does not shy away from talking about the legacy of each movement and has the generosity to treat his principle speakers fairly: even though André Breton, for example, appears as a noxious person you would never want to meet, Hopkins gives him the benefit of the doubt.
I find that I am more interested in Tristan Tzara and Kurt Schwitters than any of the others.
And decidedly unimpressed with Surrealist sex!