Kurt Merz Schwitters: A Biographical Study

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University of Wales Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 443 pages
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One of the masters of collage and the inventor of 'Merz' - art from rubbish - Kurt Schwitters has been hailed successively as the great precursor of Pop Art and Happenings, the grandfather of Concept Art, Fluxus and multimedia art, and the visionary herald of Postmodernism. Kurt Merz Schwitters not only examines the remarkable life of the artist but also explores the background to some of his greatest works, including his huge and enigmatic Cathedral of Erotic Misery, and places him in his historical context, one of a select group who for over a decade fought a courageous battle against the encroaching Nazi dictatorship. He died in exile in England in 1948, poverty-stricken, but, as he foresaw, his pictures now fetch vast sums and are exhibited in the world's leading art galleries.

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