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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 233 ART THROUGH THE AGES

Dada

WAKE UP!

 

Can a urinal or a print of the Mona Lisa with a mustache painted on it be art? With World War I as its backdrop, the artists of the Dada movement met absurdity with absurdity. The Industrial Revolution had created weapons that eliminated scores of people in ways previously unimaginable. Dada artists created provocative, contradictory, and irrational “anti-art” as a protest against the civilizations that allowed the war, insulting their cultural treasures—art. What is art if humanity has become so debased?

WHEN & WHERE

c 1916–1920

Zurich, Berlin, New York

Dada artists had no set aesthetic ...

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