---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

vintage branding ~ dada red and black pegasus

Pegasus, the winged horse, son of Medusa and Poseidon branding ~ .Here Dada poster depicting red and black pegasus

The Dada movement claimed to be anti-art and had a strong negative and destructive element. Rejecting all tradition, they sought complete freedom. Dada quickly spread from Zurich to other European cities. Dada artists claimed to have invented photomontage.

The Dada movement claimed to be anti-art; it had a strong negative & destructive element. Rejecting all tradition, they sought complete freedom. Dada quickly spread from Zurich to other European cities. Dada artists claimed to have invented photomontage.

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

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'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.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943), "Composition Dada (Tête au plat)", 1920. Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou (Paris, France) | Fli...

Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943), "Composition Dada (Tête au plat)", 1920. Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou (Paris, France) | Fli...

Dada art, man becoming reliant on weaponry, becoming... machines

“Self-portrait of the Dadasopher”, collage-photomontage, 1920 Austrian artist and writer Raoul Hausmann

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