---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." ---

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

Kurt Schwitters,1887 - 1948, Collage and watercolor

The composition has a dominantly vertical direction largely due to the format. The structure Schwitters builds is triangular in its gesture or movement. Kurt - Collage and watercolor

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