Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction by David HopkinsDada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction by David Hopkins

Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

byDavid Hopkins

Paperback | May 6, 2004

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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 thesemovements: 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 citiesof Zurich, New York, Berlin, Cologne, Barcelona, Paris, London, and recenlty 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 thebody-as-mechanism in relation to the Surrealists' return to the fetishized/eroticized body.

About The Author

Dr David Hopkins is lecturer in Art History at Glasgow University. He is the author of After Modern Art: 1045-2000 (OUP, 2000); previous publications include Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst: the Bride Shared (OUP, 1988).

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Title:Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.56 inPublished:May 6, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Histories2. Geographies3. Art and Anti-Art4. Actions5. Politics6. Minds7. Bodies8. Endings