Dada & Surrealism for Beginners

Dada & Surrealism for Beginners

By Peter Bethanis; Elsa Bethanis; Joe Lee (Illustrator)

For Beginners, Paperback, 9781934389003, 113pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2007

Description

What kind of artists put a mustache on the Mona Lisa? Enter a urinal in an art competition? Declare their own independent republic? Hijack a ship?

Dadas

And what happens in such a movement? With Dada, many of the artists declared their own "Pope" and continued their journey (with no destination) into Surrealism, creating burning giraffes, "amoebic" dogs, and lobster telephones - some of the most imaginative and intense works of art of the 20th Century. In "Dada & Surrealism For Beginners," you'll get a colorful overview of these two movements, and develop a sense of the turbulent, wild, and unapologetically mad mood and tone of the Dada and Surrealist movements. Whether you're an artist, would-be artist, or someone seeking the marvelous, you'll find the courage and originality of the movements inspiring, and you'll gain an understanding of their long-term (and current) influences on contemporary art and culture - everything from performance art to pop art to the abandoned train ticket you find in the street.



About the Author
Elsa Bethanis is a writer and former editor whose work has also appeared in a number of literary journals. She resides in Indianapolis with their daughter Katie.

Elsa Bethanis is a writer and former editor whose work has also appeared in a number of literary journals. She resides in Indianapolis with their daughter Katie.

Joe Lee is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, and clown. With a degree from Indiana University centering on Medieval History, Joe is also a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey's Clown College and the author and illustrator of "Greek Mythology For Beginners" and "Dante For Beginners". Visit him at joeleeillustrator.com