World of Art


Art and Anti-Art

Dada Centenary Edition
  1. Hans Richter
  2. Introduction and commentary by Michael White
  • ISBN 9780500204313
  • 21.00 x 15.00 cm
  • Paperback
  • 376pp
  • Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout
  • First published 2016
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A landmark publication on Dada by one of its founding members, reissued to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the movement’s birth

‘One of the best and most consistently interesting documents on this extraordinary movement’ – Sunday Times
‘Such a historical work inevitably becomes a piece of art in its own right and this re-publication includes an extensive introduction and commentary … that allows it to be appreciated by a whole new audience’– Art Book Review

First published in English in 1965, Hans Richter’s Dada completely changed the interpretation of Dada from a literary phenomenon to an artistic one. Ever since, it has been the first port of call for anyone interested in the subject.

As a member of the first Dada group in Zurich, Richter was in a unique position to tell its history, and his book draws together not only important historical documents but the testimonies of friends, such as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and Raoul Hausmann.

Michael White provides a new introduction and commentary to a book that has become a legend in its own right, influencing a generation of artists since its first publication – David Bowie even quoted it on his Scary Monsters album. Michael White has unearthed Richter’s private correspondence with his fellow Dada artists to tell the story of how the book came about and, using previously unseen archive sources, enables us to discover the truth behind this most elusive of art movements.

Hans Richter (1888–1976) started the Dada movement with Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara and others. Michael White is Professor of History of Art at York University.