---Walter Benjamin recognized the importance of Dada when he wrote in 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' that when authenticity ceases to be an important part of making art, "the total function of art is reversed. Instead of being based on ritual it begins to be based on another practice, politics." ---Image:http://www.johnvalentino.com/Teaching/Art190/Projects/190Proj2/Dada.html

ABCD Self-portrait (deliberately random assemblage of newspaper clips and cutout letters) by Raoul Hausmann, 1923 Dadaism

John Heartfield     Dada Picture     c. 1923  Quite reminds me of the art style used by the band Franz Ferdinand in their video "Take Me Out"

George Grosz, Dadabild (Photomontage et encre de Chine), Zurich, Kunsthaus, c.

dada - Raoul Hausmann  http://paperstreetsupplies.com/art-and-artists/dada-collage-photomontage-by-raoul-hausmann/

Raoul Hausmann, Tatlin at Home, photomontage, 1920

'Smokers' (1920-25) by German fashion photographer & Dada artist Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969). via NYT

Extra Credit

'Smokers' by German fashion photographer Dada artist Erwin Blumenfeld: This picture symbolizes Dadaism era, which was a time when art was influenced by an avant-garde feel with a lot of visual art and fashion becoming more abstract.

DADA- Raoul Hausmann’s c. 1920 assemblage, Mechanical Head (The Spirit of Our Age)

Raoul Hausmann, Mechanischer Kopf (Der Geist unserer Zeit) (Mechanical Head [The Spirit of Our Age]), c. 1920 - Dada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hannah Höch (1889 – 1978) German Dada artist

Hannah Hoch, Grotesque, 1963 on ArtStack

Hannah Höch (1889 – 1978) German Dada artist

Hannah Hoch, Grotesque, 1963 on ArtStack

"The Pillars of Society" (1926), by George Grosz. Nationalgalerie, Berlin. Dada art movement (Co-founder of Dada in Berlin). The representatives of the (German, 20s) ruling class - press publishers, nationalists, monarchists and clerics - depicted as a class of brainless and amoral people.

The Pillars of Society by George Grosz

George Grosz, Pillars of Society, 1926

dada art.

dada art.

This is a famous piece of Dada art, “collage arranged according to the laws of chance,” by Jean Arp. The artist ripped up pieces of paper, let them fall and then glued them where ever they landed. By leaving his art up to chance, he made a statement about life, saying everything in life is left up to chance and cannot always be controlled.

Jean (Hans) Arp, Untitled (Collage with Squares Arranged according to the Laws of Chance) 1917 dada style, not overly serious movement

Marcel Duchamp (July 28, 1887 - 1968), French artist associated with Dada and Surrealism, and a huge enabler and influence for several generations of artists that followed. Duchamp moved the conception of art and its boundaries more than any other 20th C. figure…    Photo: Irving Penn cornered Marcel Duchamp in 1948

Irving Penn Marcel Duchamp, New York, April 1948

In 1919, artist Marcel Duchamp used a pencil to draw a mustache and a beard on a cheap postcard reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci`s iconic portrait, "Mona Lisa".

LHOOQ, Marcel Duchamp, 1919 (she has a nice bum)

“I am forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own tastes.”  ~ Marcel Duchamp, b. 28 July 1887

“ Victor Obsatz: Portrait of Marcel Duchamp, 1953 - gelatin silver print (Moeller Fine Art / New York & Berlin) ”