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Dada and Surrealism : A Very Short Introduction - David Hopkins

Dada and Surrealism

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 8th April 2004
ISBN: 9780192802545
Number Of Pages: 208

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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 recently 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.

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In a relatively small space Hopkins manages a stylish presentation and analysis of two of modernism's most famous isms. * Bear Books *

1: Histories 2: Geographies 3: Art and Anti-Art 4: Actions 5: Politics 6: Minds 7: Bodies 8: Endings

ISBN: 9780192802545
ISBN-10: 0192802542
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 8th April 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 11.3  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.18

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