Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) The Ready-made … a lovely form has been revealed, freed from its functional purpose, therefore a man clearly has made an aesthetic contribution. Mr Mutt has taken an ordinary object, placed it so its useful significance disappears, and thus has created a new approach to the subject.
Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) The Ready-made … Whether Mr Mutt with his own hands made the fountain or not has no importance. He CHOSE it. He took an ordinary article of life, placed it so that its useful significance disappeared under the new title and point of view - created a new thought for that object.
Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) The Ready-made Bottle Rack 1914 a manmade object may appear a very trivial thing and easily understood… But it is, in reality, a very queer thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties Karl Marx (Das Kapital 1867-94)
Dada Francis Picabia (1879-1953) Francis Picabia - The Cacodylic Eye - 1921 Art is everywhere… except with the dealers of Art, in the temples of Art, like God is everywhere, except in the churches. Francis Picabia
Dada Francis Picabia (1879-1953) Francis Picabia Portrait of a Young American Girl in the State of Nudity 1915
Surrealism Man Ray (1890-1976) Man Ray - The Enigma of Isidore Duchasse 1920
Surrealism Salvadore Dali (1904-1989) Salvador Dali Lobster Telephone, 1936
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) The Uncanny Heimlich = Homely Unheimlich = Unhomely The uncanny is not to be found in the exotic, but in the everyday
The Everyday Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) The revolutionary strength of Dadaism lay in testing art for its authenticity. You made still-lifes out of tickets, spools of cotton, cigarette stubs, and mixed them together with pictorial elements. You put a frame round the whole thing. And in this way you said to the public: look, your picture frame destroys time; the smallest authentic fragment of everyday life says more than painting. Just as a murders bloody fingerprint on a page says more than the words printed on it. (1934)