13 May 2016

Book Review: Dada, Surrealism, And Their Heritage

Dada, Surrealism, And Their HeritageDada, Surrealism, And Their Heritage by William Rubin

Fotomontage by Hannah Hoch

An analysis on the artistic concepts of Dada and Surrealism and their significance during the second world war. Art was used as a means of conveying and communicating the social problems which caused disturbances, if not degradation of human values, and even of human life.

Surrealism attempted to translate and even expound on the workings of the unconscious mind, heavily influenced by Freudian ideas, portraying bizarre subjects: most motifs found on dreams and nightmares. Most readers will find some graphics as utter nonsense like those of Dadaism, but these genres served as means of expression by artists who found the excesses of violence and the changing social order particularly disturbing.