Dada & Surrealism for Beginners (Paperback)

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

For Beginners, 9781934389003, 113pp.

Publication Date: August 21, 2007



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?


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

Peter Bethanis is an artist, essayist, and poet whose work has appeared widely in literary journals, including "Poetry, Lullwater Review, "and "Tar River Poetry."

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