Dada and Surrealism

ISBN-10: 0192802542
ISBN-13: 9780192802545
Edition: 2003
Authors: David Hopkins
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Description: The avant-garde movements of Dada and Surrealism continue to have a huge influence on cultural practice, especially in contemporary art, with its obsession with sexuality, fetishism, and shock tactics. In this new treatment of the subject, Hopkins  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/24/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

The avant-garde movements of Dada and Surrealism continue to have a huge influence on cultural practice, especially in contemporary art, with its obsession with sexuality, fetishism, and shock tactics. In this new treatment of the subject, Hopkins focuses on the many debates surrounding these movements: the Marquis de Sade's Surrealist deification, issues of quality (How good is Dali?), the idea of the 'readymade', attitudes towards the city, the impact of Freud, attitudes to women,fetishism, and primitivism. The international nature of these movements is examined, covering the cities of Zurich, New York, Berlin, Cologne, Barcelona, Paris, London, and recenlty discovered examples in Eastern Europe. Hopkins explores the huge range of media employed by both Dada and Surrealism (collage, painting, found objects, performance art, photography, film) , whilst at the same time establishing the aesthetic differences between the movements. He also examines the Dadaist obsession with the body-as-mechanism in relation to the Surrealists' return to the fetishized/eroticized body.

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Dada and Surrealism: a historical overview
'Rather life': promoting Dada and Surrealism
Art and anti-art
'Who am I?': mind/spirit/body
Politics
Looking back on Dada and Surrealism
References
Further reading
Dada: the main centres--key individuals and events
Key Surrealist events
Key figures associated with surrealism
Index

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