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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; Reprint edition (29 Aug. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500200394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500200391
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'One of the best and most consistently interesting documents on this extraordinary movement that has been published.' The Sunday Times

'A first-rate history, objective and sober.' The Times

'Hans Richter is the ideal chronicler.' The Guardian

'Where and how Dada began is almost as difficult to determine as Homer's birthplace,' writes Hans Richter, the artist and film-maker closely associated with this radical movement from its earliest days. Here he records and traces Dada's history, from its inception in wartime Zurich, to its collapse in Paris in the 1920's when many of its members were to join the Surrealist movement, to the present day when its spirit re-emerged in the 1960's in movements such as Pop Art. This absorbing eye witness narrative is enlivened by extensive use of Dada documents, illustrations and texts by fellow Dadaists. The complex personalities, relationships and contributions of, among others, Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Picabia, Arp, Schwitters, Hausmann, Duchamp, Ernst and Man Ray, are vividly brought to life.

About the Author

Naumann is an independent art historian specializing in the Dada and Surrealist periods.

Antoine Picon is professor of the history of architecture and engineering at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, Paris, and author of French Architects and Engineers in the Age of the Enlightenment. David Britt has translated numerous books, including The Renewal of Pagan Antiquity by Aby
Warburg.


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This is, in my opinion, the best introduction to what was arguably the 20th Century's most fascinating artistic movement. Why is it the best introduction? For one, it is purely on the subject of Dadaism, which is so often coupled with the much more general subject of Surrealism. Secondly, Hans Richter was genuinely involved in the movement, and is therefore suitably enthusiastic, and well versed on its every detail. Add to this the very affordable price and the comprehensive selection of illustrations and facsimiles, and 'Dada: Art and Anti-Art' becomes an invaluable document for anyone vaguely interested in the movement. The book was written in the early 60's, and it remains the definitive introduction to the world of Dada.
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Before I picked up the book,the word Dada meant very little to me - what it stood for and whom it atracted. written from an entirely biased view (ie. a dadaist himself), the book certainly submerges the reader into the intricacy of the movement. you learn and you learn quickly, statements are not justified by the author - what is written is simply the case.
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But thats my problem isn't it? I guess I wanted to belive there really was something to this movement. Maybe I should have left well enough alone because the mystery is all of the fun. Now that I know it was all smoke and mirrors it sort of ruined it for me. After a while it really did start feeling like nothing more than a boring anarchic mess. Nonetheless it was important in the steps taken by future artists who are inspired by Dada art, myself included. Worth a read if you expect nothing in return.
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I really enjoy leafing through this book because it really gives you a feel of Dada art. I admit I was looking for another book on the topic and bought this by accident but i am totally happy with it! :)
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