Tag Archives: Dada Movement

dada and definition : what is becomes

by Art Chantry (art@artchantry.com) back in 1939, after several years of quiet inactivity (if you think of chess as inactivity), the great godhead conceptualist dadaist/anti-artist marcel duchamp, introduced his awesome “rotorelief” series. the art world was (like always) terribly confused, … Continue reading

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cringing at reminders of the adventurous

by Art Chantry ( art@artchantry.com) so far as i know, his is the only surviving copy of the poster i made for my very first showing of my ‘work’ in a gallery space. it dates back to (i think) 1977 … Continue reading

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drawing on pre-human sources

Its an old idea. The typical John Doe sees an abstract expressionist painting, and explains to himself that there is no justice in this world. Why should the likes of Willam de Kooning, Jackson Pollock et al. be so immortalized … Continue reading

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dada chess: logic vs. transcendence

Lenin’s chance meeting with dadaist Tristan Tzara in 1916 was ostensibly arranged to play chess. Was there something in Dada that piqued the revolutionary passions? Or was it a case of a parallax gap; two points between which no connection, … Continue reading

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detournement part 3: charlie don’t surf

The last installment of Art’s series that began with the complicated but brilliant situationist school and Guy Debord… Art Chantry (art@artchantry.com): To be totally fair, even though Jamie Reid’s situationist appropriation (DIRECT appropriation – with intent still intact) may have … Continue reading

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CHANCE MEETING: COLLAGE OF THE INVERTED OEDIPUS

Chance. A roll of the dice within that casino located in that vast structure of ┬áthe human mind. The roulette wheel stops, the cards are flipped, the chips rise and fall.Chance is what arises from that volatile unpredictable mix of … Continue reading

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MAXED OUT ON DADA: AVOIDING THE DEGENERACY OF GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT

”…it becomes obvious that Max Ernst’s brilliant accomplishment consisted of having developed a syntax by which the employment of this found material could be controlled. For all their independence from traditional artistic techniques and the imitation of nature, it is … Continue reading

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PARALLEL STRESS OF CONCEPTUAL ART

The earliest conceptual artists to get wide public attention were the Earth Artists, including Michael Heizer, Robert Morris, Dennis Oppenheim, and Walter De Maria, who in October, 1968, exhibited mainly photographic documentation of their works in a group show called … Continue reading

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Art of Endlessly Deferred Resolution

Joseph Beuys( 1921-1986 ) believed that performance art could evoke a spiritual response in the audience, ultimately providing a healing process. He sometimes compared his role to that of a shaman.A witch doctor of Art who prescribed art as the … Continue reading

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