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The Artwork Caught by the Tail: Francis Picabia and Dada in Paris Paperback – Sep 3 2010

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (Sept. 3 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262514869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262514866
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 880 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,855,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The contradictions that crease the surfaces and form the actual texture of art practice are too often glossed over in the historian's rush to coherence. George Baker is one of a very few art historians capable of writing for artists, making artists the primary beneficiaries of their thinking, and also writing for the purposes of inciting new artistic production even while removing the artist-subject from the center of the scene. Caught by the Tail is a brilliant example of how to surprise us by lingering a little longer at the scene of the crime.

(Gareth James, Chair of Visual Arts, Columbia University)

George Baker's gripping study of Francis Picabia offers a model of Dada that goes well beyond the usual pieties regarding its anti-art stance. Baker attends to Picabia's productive innovation in the Paris Dada moment, showing that it was through form that Picabia remade modernism from the medium up.

(David Joselit, Yale University)

George Baker's book... is the first in English dealing specifically with Picabia's Dada work in Paris and is a serious rethinking of the readymade (the other, Picabian, one) based on a study of the artist's singularly multifarious practice.


About the Author

Karl Toepfer is Associate Dean in the College of Humanities and the Arts, San Jose State University. He is the author of Empire of Ecstasy: Nudity and Movement in German Body Culture, 1910--1935 (University of California Press, 1997); Theatre, Aristocracy, and Pornocracy (PAJ Publications, 1991); and The Voice of Rapture (Peter Lang Publisher, 1991), as well as a novel, Ursumari (Orella, 2001), and numerous scholarly articles on theatre, dance, dramatic literature, and film. A current project is a book about ancient Roman dance drama.

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HASH(0xa621fb10) out of 5 stars Francis Picabia - much bigger Dadaist than I thought Feb. 17 2009
By James A. Woronow - Published on Amazon.com
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I would recommand this book to anyone fairly deep into Dada art. I had always considered Picabia a side note to the movement. After having read this book it is easy to see that this perception was a miscaluation of his influence. Though most bios over state the importance of the subject and their philosphy (this one seems to also but to a lesser extent)it is a very interesting exploration of Dada in Paris and its slow transformation into surrealism.
Picabia the artist, stage designer, ciematographer and general bon vinant are well storied.