Thursday, 10 September 2015

Dada

Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, & Paris
Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris, edited by Leah Dickerman, is the catalogue for an exhibition held in Paris, Washington, and New York in 2006. Over 500 pages long, it's also the most comprehensive history of the Dada movement. One indication of its attention to detail is that "[i]f the original title could be established, it is provided in the original language, followed by an English translation."

Like other histories of Dada, each chapter is devoted to a particular city (Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, and Paris, though Japanese Dada events in Tokyo are not covered). Each city essay is followed by a series of colour plates, and there are more than 600 illustrations. The appendices are also extensive: artist biographies, a chapter on Dada films, a chronology, and a bibliography.

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