---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.

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

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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

"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

Die Stützen der Gesellschaft (Pillars of Society) - George Grosz

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


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