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"Why Dada?" is a thoughtful essay by Sheldon Cheney (1886 - 1980), a Dada enthusiast and founder of the American monthly Theatre Arts Magazine. This is a fine article which attempted to explain Dada to the American public and identified several American artists who subscribed to Dada principles.

"...at last years exhibitions the Futurists and Cubists joined the academicians in denouncing the Dadaists as fakers, charlatans, and ignoramuses who know nothing of the laws of art and only wish to shock the public into considering them a sensation! And the Dadaists get unlimited joy out of the situation, but hold to the center of the stage..."

Click here to read about the contempt that the Nazis had for Modern Art.

     


Why Dada? (The Century Magazine, 1922)

Why Dada? (The Century Magazine, 1922)

Why Dada? (The Century Magazine, 1922)

Why Dada? (The Century Magazine, 1922)

Why Dada? (The Century Magazine, 1922)

Why Dada? (The Century Magazine, 1922)

Why Dada? (The Century Magazine, 1922)

Why Dada? (The Century Magazine, 1922)

Why Dada? (The Century Magazine, 1922)

Why Dada? (The Century Magazine, 1922)

Why Dada? (The Century Magazine, 1922)

Why Dada? (The Century Magazine, 1922)

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