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Marjorie Perloff's Dada Without Duchamp / Duchamp Without Dada:
Avant-Garde Tradition and the Individual Talent
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 12-18-08
Marcel Duchamp Mona Lisa (L.H.O.O.Q.) 1919
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Dada is referred to by both art critics and it own members as a collective movement and a group provocation of both the art world and its long-held belief in individual genius.Duchamp himself, through his use of mass-produced objects, questioned the role of the individual artist.Yet at the same time, Duchamp is singled out as the movement’s leader and towers over its other members.  Majorie Perloff's ariticle Dada Without Duchamp/Duchamp Without Dada: Avant-Garde Tradition and the Individual Talent asks, "If Dada was...a 'collective being' whose members shared 'identical purposes', how and why has Duchamp come to tower over, say, Hugo Ball or even his close friend François Picabia?"

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