Art and anti-art

in Dada and Surrealism

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780192802545
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191775611 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

Art and anti-art

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For the Dada and Surrealist artists, their artistic productions constantly overlapped: the textual, visual, and performance. Formal ‘beauty’ was regarded as an irrelevant pursuit and the art world was seen as insignificant. ‘Art and anti-art’ outlines a series of explicit differences in terms of the technical and procedural methods used by the two movements. Dadaist use of chance, collage, and photomantage can be contrasted with the Surrealist use of ‘automatism’, painting, and photography. What impact have these two movements had on artist pursuits elsewhere? Surrealism has had an enormous impact on graphic design and advertising right up to the present day. Dada's impact is harder to summarize.

Keywords: Georges Braque; Giorgio De Chirico; collage; dada; Clement Greenberg; Wassily Kandinsky; Leonardo da Vinci; René Magritte; Joan Miró; Piet Mondrian; surrealism

Chapter.  8606 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: 20th-Century Art

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