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The Dadaist Manifesto was written in 1918 but the movement’s origins were earlier, in 1916, as artists began to react against the society they felt had led them into the First World War. Hugo Ball founded the Cabaret Voltaire in … Continue reading

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In Paris, the poet André Breton had been influenced by some of the ideas of the Dadaist movement but he saw a need for more positive action in questioning the values of society. In 1924, he published the Surrealist Manifesto. … Continue reading

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Automatism is often associated with the Dadaist and Surrealist movements when artists were beginning to look at ways to side-step the conscious mind and access the subconscious. The idea can, however, be traced to myths about the beginning of painting … Continue reading

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Lowbrow Art and Pop Surrealism

An article in Wikipedia notes that scholarly writing on Lowbrow art is limited as there seems to be uncertainty within the mainstream art community of the legitimacy of Lowbrow as a movement. Part of this seems to be that, initially, … Continue reading

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Mark Ryden – Cámara de las maravillas

Cámara de las maravillas, CAC Málaga, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo of Málaga 16 December 2016 – 5 March 2017 Visited: 28th February 2017 While on holiday I visited the Mark Ryden exhibition, Cámara de las maravillas, at the Centre for … Continue reading

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Techniques – Gouache

Some notes, from a variety of sources, on techniques for using gouache: – Lying flat areas of colour can be difficult. Mix paint to consistency of single cream as this allows even coverage – though some colours are semi-opaque and … Continue reading

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