Facing the World

Eugène Atget’s photographs of Paris document a cityscape that was about to disappear, as the old city, its places, and people were overtaken by modernization. The sense of a vanishing world captured in these photographs was to be dramatically amplified by the First World War. Art engaged with the social and political reality of the War in different ways. The collision of fierce patriotism and the horror of an unprecedented scope of violence found their way to magazines like L’Elan and Le Mot. Avant-garde groups developed before and after the War aimed not only to formally innovate but also to change the world around them. The Futurists radically rejected the past and dreamed of a new world of technological progress and rapid movement. Russian and British responses to Futurism also privileged dynamism and movement, while Dada formulated a direct response to the grim realities of war and nationalism. Dada artists deployed various strategies to launch vehement attacks against rational bourgeois society, including absurdist performance, poetry, and collage, yet the magazine format epitomized Dada’s status as an international movement and its investment in ephemeral art practices.

Eugène Atget, French, 1857–1927 Printed by Berenice Abbott, American, 1898–1991
Mannequin, Avenue des Gobelins, 1927, printed 1930s
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Eugène Atget, French, 1857–1927 Printed by Berenice Abbott, American, 1898–1991
Saint-Cloud, ca. 1921, printed 1930s
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Eugène Atget, French, 1857–1927
Vénus par Legros, Versailles, 1923–24
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Eugène Atget, French, 1857–1927 Printed by Berenice Abbott, American, 1898–1991
La Villette, fille publique faisant le quart, 19e, 1921, printed 1930s
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Eugène Atget, French, 1857–1927 Printed by Berenice Abbott, American, 1898–1991
Corsets, boulevard de Strasbourg, 1912, printed 1930s
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Eugène Atget, French, 1857–1927 Printed by Berenice Abbott, American, 1898–1991
Coin du Marché des Carmes, Place Maubert, 1911, printed 1930s
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Eugène Atget, French, 1857–1927 Printed by Berenice Abbott, American, 1898–1991
Fête du Trône – Le Géant, 1925, printed 1930s
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Eugène Atget, French, 1857–1927 Printed by Berenice Abbott, American, 1898–1991
Porte de Montreuil, Zoniers, 1913, printed 1930s
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Eugène Atget, French, 1857–1927
Voitures, marché des Patriarches, rue Mouffetard , 1910
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Giacomo Balla, Italian, 1871 - 1958
Vortex with Radiations, 1913–14
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Umberto Boccioni, Italian, 1882–1916 Edited by Herwarth Walden, German, 1879–1941
Der Sturm, vol. 7, no. 6 (September 1916), Berlin: 1916
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Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Italian, 1876–1944
Zang tumb tuuum: Adrianopoli ottobre 1912: parole in libertà, Milan: 1914
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Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Italian, 1876–1944
Les mots en liberté futurists, Milan: 1919
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Edited by: Wyndham Lewis, English, 1882–1957
Blast, no. 2: War Number (July 1915), London: 1915
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Albert Gleizes, French, 1881–1953 Published by Jean Cocteau and Paul Iribe, French, 1883–1935, French, 1889–1963
Le Mot, no. 20 (July 1, 1915), Paris: 1915
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Franz Marc, German, 1880–1916 Edited by Herwarth Walden, German, 1879–1941
Der Sturm, vol. 3, no. 125/126 (September 1912), Berlin: 1912
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George Grosz, German, 1893–1959
I am the Prophet, ca. 1923
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Otto Dix, German, 1891–1969 Published by Karl Nierendorf, German, 1889–1947
Die Schlafenden von Fort Vaux (Gas-Tote) (The Sleepers of Fort Vaux (Gas Victims)), 1924
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Published by Amédée Ozenfant
L'Elan, no. 2 (May 1, 1915), Paris: 1915
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Published by Amédée Ozenfant
L'Elan, no. 4 (June 1, 1915), Paris: 1915
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Published by Amédée Ozenfant
L'Elan, no. 5 (June 15, 1915), Paris: 1915
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El Lissitzky, Russian, 1890 - 1941
About Two Squares: A Suprematist Tale in Six Constructions, Berlin: 1922
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Alexsei Kruchenykh, Russian, 1886–1968 Kasimir Malevich, Russian, 1879–1935
Porosiata, Saint Petersburg: 1913
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Edited by Hugo Ball, German, 1886–1927
Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich: 1916
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Edited by Tristan Tzara, Romanian, 1896–1963
Le Coeur à barbe: journal transparent, Paris: 1922
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Edited by Tristan Tzara, Romanian, 1896–1963
Dada: Recueil littéraire et artistique, no. 6: Bulletin Dada (February 1920), Paris: 1920
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Edited by Tristan Tzara, Romanian, 1896–1963
Dada: Recueil littéraire et artistique, no. 3 (December 1918), Zurich: 1918
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Francis Picabia, French, 1878–1953 Published by: Alfred Stieglitz, American, 1864–1946
291, no. 5/6 (July/August 1915), New York: 1915
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