Art 101: DADaism

Father’s Day is just around the corner and since Dads are on the brain, we thought it would be interesting to look into Dadaism. What is DADA? Is it art made by dads? Nope. It’s a little more complex than that. Read on to find out exactly what DADAISM is and you’ll have a little bit of history to share this Father’s Day.

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Dadaism is an art movement that began in Europe during the 20th century. It stems from the avant-garde. Many speculate that the true origin of Dadaism is Zurich, Switzerland in the beginning of World War I. It was seen as a protest against the upper-class bourgeois. Many Dadaists blamed the rich nationalists for the war.  There are three prominent figures in the Dada Art Movement: Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, and Man Ray.

Marcel Duchamp was famous for creating his “readymades.” In 1917, he submitted one of his most famous works (and the symbol of Dadaism) the Fountain (pictured below). By mixing satire with the mundane, Dadaists made political statements that resonated in the war wrought world arena. Dadaism laid the roots for another art movement: Surrealism.

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If you think your Dad may enjoy some Dadaist art, he may just enjoy this painting by UGallery artist Chevis Ordonez:

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Drunken Monkey Bar and Grill by Chevis Ordonez