Item description for Dada and Surrealism For Beginners (For Beginners) by Elsa Bethanis, Peter Bethanis, Joe Lee, Robert J. Sullivan, Ph.D., Andy Ingalls, Emily Umberger, Frances F. Berdan & Gerard S. Sloyan...
What kind of artists put a moustache on the Mona Lisa? Enter a urinal in an art competition? Declare their own independent republic? Hijack a ship? Dadas! And what happens to such a movement? With Dada, many of the artists declared their own "Pope" and continued their journey (with no destination) into Surrealism, creating burning giraffes, "amoebic" dogs, and lobster telephones–some of the most imaginative and intense works of art of the 20th century. InDada and Surrealism For Beginners, you'll get a colorful overview of these two movements, and develop a sense of the turbulent, wild, and unapologetically mad mood and tone of the Dada and Surrealist movements. Whether you're an artist, would-be artist, or someone seeking the marvelous, you'll find the courage and originality of the movements inspiring, and you'll gain an understanding of their long-term (and current) influences on contemporary art and culture – everything from performance art to pop art to the abandoned train ticket you find in the street.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Aug 21, 2007
Publisher For Beginners
ISBN 1934389005 ISBN13 9781934389003
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Those Marvelous Dadas Oct 10, 2007
Combining manifestos, art criticism, and history into a comic book is no easy task, but I think the authors have succeeded in creating an intriguing overview of a unique artistic movement. Although it is an overview, it doesn't seem oversimplified. I knew very little about Dada and Surrealism before reading this book, and I now feel that I understand some of the basic ideas behind this type of art. This book piqued my interest in learning more about the artists it presents in spite of the fact that I purchased it and read it mainly as a gesture of support to my friends who wrote it.
Even though the authors are friends of mine, I have to admit that my favorite parts of the book are the illustrations by Joseph Lee. He captures the irreverence of this artistic movement well. My biggest disappointment is the reproductions of the actual paintings. The scans seem very dark and grainy.
I have not read any other books in the For Beginners series, so I don't know how this one compares. I imagine this book would appeal to intellectual teens or adults who lack the time and/or attention span to wade through a comprehensive tome on the subject.