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p. 623. Art and anti-artlocked

  • David Hopkins


For the Dada and Surrealist artists, their artistic productions constantly overlapped: the textual, visual, and performance. Formal ‘beauty’ was regarded as an irrelevant pursuit and the art world was seen as insignificant. ‘Art and anti-art’ outlines a series of explicit differences in terms of the technical and procedural methods used by the two movements. Dadaist use of chance, collage, and photomantage can be contrasted with the Surrealist use of ‘automatism’, painting, and photography. What impact have these two movements had on artist pursuits elsewhere? Surrealism has had an enormous impact on graphic design and advertising right up to the present day. Dada's impact is harder to summarize.

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