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Difference Between Dada And Pop Art

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Mona Lisa and Marilyn Monroe, two eminent females appear in two very different masterpieces of Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol. Simply looking at the well-known example of Dada and pop art, it is hard to acknowledge the difference between them. However, the word ‘dada’ and ‘pop’ itself clarify themselves. The word ‘dada’, the colloquial French word for hobbyhorse (The Art Story, 2017), represents the nonsense of Dadaism, whereas the word ‘pop’ signifies the popularity. Considering such point, Dadaism and pop art have differences in the perspective of the attitude toward art and the method of rebel of traditional art.
First, the meaning of art is different between Dada and Pop art. Dadaism and pop art both created artworks that deal with the
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However, the purpose or what each art signify is totally different. “Fountain” states that this urinal can also be an art. By creating the artwork through method that is called readymade, an everyday manufactured object (Dictionary.com, 2017), Duchump has performed the perfect example of inframince. “Fountain” is ultimately showing the infamince, infinitely thin difference, between the urinal in the art gallery and the urinal in the toilet, and such slight but remarkable difference is a question, a mockery, and a denial itself toward the stereotype about art. This characteristic of anti-art is not only applied to the art works made through readymade, but appears frequently as the style of nonsensical and chance in Dadaism art. The typical example could the the randomly glued squares on a paper that was created by Hans Arp. On the other hand, “Cambell’s Soup Cans” states that ordinary soup-cans can be art as well. Warhol calling his workroom “factory” directly represents the belief of pop art that the factory can create art as well. In 1950s, television has become the primary medium for influencing public opinion (Diggs Brown, 2011). The enlargement of mass media enabled the mass production of…show more content…
Dada has appeared in late 1910s, the period of the Great War. The annihilation that the European world has faced destroyed hopes to conventional belief and the belief toward conventional authorities in many. "In the war, things were in terrible turmoil. What I had learned at the academy was of no use to me" (Traces Project, 2015). Such words of Dada artist, Kurt Schwitters, prove how such phenomenon affected Dadaism. Like this, the existence of shocks in Dada artworks can be understood easily with their great ambition of irreverence for tradition, especially conventional art methods. For instance, Man Ray had liberated the classical role of photograph through his sequence of Rayograph. Francis Picabia had challenged the conventional symbolism and suggested the alternative by his unique mechanistic drawings like Ici, C’est Stielitz. However, the most significant example is the designed riot that was made in Dada 4-5 event. In the event, the performance of the overly conservative speech and cacophonous music encouraged the crowd participation and resulted in the angry crowd destroying several of the props. This very event has altered the relationship of production and consumption of art and enabled the original consumers to participate in the production also. Pop art, on the other hand, emerged in mid-1950s, had amicable stance to the social phenomenon of that time. Capitalistic thoughts and feeling became
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