Friday, May 1, 2009

Merz Story Hour

One more tidbit from the May 2009 ARTnews: There is a new book of collected fairy tales written by Dada collage artist Kurt Schwitters published by Princeton University Press titled Lucky Hans and Other Merz Fairy Tales. One is "The Man with the Glass Nose," a story of a man who could smell transparent things including the thoughts of another person.

Schwitters is quoted as having said: "Merz is a way of viewing the world. Its essence is absolute uninhibitedness." I was sorry to learn that the book's illustrations are not by Schwitters. However, after taking a look at some work by Irvine Peacock, I am curious to see more!

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