Dadaism - Art and Anti ArtDada: Art and Anti-Art. Hans Richter. Dada covered a wide spectrum of attitudes, from idealism to nihilism, from a limited rejection of traditional values to a denial of the idea of art, from semi-political protest to pure love of disorder for its own sake. There was a world of difference between Zurich Dada and New York Dada; the character of its appearance in Berlin and Paris was determined by the particular post-war climate in these cities. It embraces so many contradictory attitudes that it cannot be regarded as a coherent movement. The value of his account lies largely in its quotations from documentary sources—the memoirs, diaries and manifestoes of the main participants. Its essential medium was not literature or graphic art, though it included these: the manifestation, something between a theatrical performance and a public riot, was the form developed and perfected by Dada.
Dada Art: Alphabet of Dadaism with Hans Richter documentary (1968)
Anti-art is a loosely used term applied to an array of concepts and attitudes that reject prior definitions of art and question art in general. Somewhat paradoxically, anti-art tends to conduct this questioning and rejection from the vantage point of art. It was used to describe revolutionary forms of art.
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