Dada: Zürich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris
National Gallery of Art in association with D.A.P./ Distributed Art Publishers, New York, 2005 - Art - 519 pages
Along with Russian constructivism and surrealism, Dada stands as one of the three most significant movements of the historical avant-garde. Born in the heart of Europe in the midst of World War I, Dada displayed a raucous skepticism about accepted values. Its embrace of new materials, of collage and assemblage techniques, of the designation of manufactured objects as art objects as well as its interest in performance, sound poetry, and manifestos fundamentally shaped the terms of modern art practice and created an abiding legacy for postwar art. Yet, while the word Dada has common currency, few know much about Dada art itself. In contrast to other key avant-garde movements, there has never been a major American exhibition that explores Dada specifically in broad view. "Dada"--the catalogue to the exhibition on view in 2006 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and The Museum of Modern Art in New York presents the hybrid forms of Dada art through an examination of city centers where Dada emerged: Zurich, Berlin, Cologne, Hannover, New York, and Paris. Covered here are works by some 40 artists made in the period from circa 1916, when the Cabaret Voltaire was founded in Zurich, to 1926, by which time most of the Dada groups had dispersed or significantly transformed. The city sections bring together painting, sculpture, photography, collage, photomontage, prints and graphic work.
Relying on dynamic design and vivid documentary images, "Dada" takes us through these six cities via topical essays and extensive plate sections; an illustrated chronology of the movement; witty chronicles of events in each city center; a selected bibliography; and biographies of eachartist--accompanied by Dada-era photographs.
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NOTES Parts of this essay have been published previously in October 84 (Spring
1998) and October 105 (Summer 2003), 1 Richard Huelsenbeck. "Erste
Dadarede in Deutschland" (1918), reprinted in Karl Riha and Hanne Bergius. eds
After the First International Dada Fair closed, he edited and published Dada
Almanach, the first Dada anthology. ... also published in 1920 and subtitled "The
History of Dadaism," indicates the extent to which Huelsenbeck considered the ...
In 1915 he published one issue of the Ridgefield Gazook, a proto-dadaist and
antiwar broadsheet with anarchist references. In 19i5 Walter Arensberg, a
wealthy poet and patron of modern art, took Marcel Duchamp out to Ridgefield to
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