September 26th, 2017

“Pharmacy for Idiots” at Rob Tufnell

"Pharmacy for Idiots" at Rob Tufnell

Artists: Will Benedict, Ann Craven, William Daniels, Henry Gunderson, Van Hanos, Tom Humphreys, Allison Katz, Edward Kay, Bernadette Kerrigan, Ansel Krut, Orion Martin, Alan Michael, Pentti Monkkonen, Markus Oehlen, Autumn Ramsey, Allan Rand, Emily Mae Smith, Josh Smith, Issy Wood

Venue: Rob Tufnell, Cologne in association with Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Exhibition Title: Pharmacy for Idiots

Date: September 8 – 30, 2017

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"Pharmacy for Idiots" at Rob Tufnell

"Pharmacy for Idiots" at Rob Tufnell

"Pharmacy for Idiots" at Rob Tufnell

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


Images courtesy of Rob Tufnell, Cologne and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Press Release:

The Cubists want to cover Dada with snow; it may surprise you, but it is so, they want to empty the snow out of their pipe on to Dada.
Are you sure?

Perfectly, the facts speak for themselves from great grotesque mouths. They think that Dada wants to stop them in their hateful trade: selling pictures at a high price.
Art is dearer than sausages, dearer than women, dearer than anything.
Art is as easy to see as God (see Saint-Sulpice).

Art is a pharmaceutical product for idiots.

Tables turn, thanks to the spirits; pictures and other works of art are like strong box-tables, the spirit is within them and gets more and more inspired as the prices rise in the salerooms. Comedy, comedy, comedy, comedy, comedy, dear friends.

Dealers do not like painting, they know about the hidden spirit….
Buy reproductions of signed pictures.
Don’t be snobbish; having the same picture as your neighbour doesn’t make you any less intelligent.
No more fly-specks on the walls.

There will be some, all the same, but not quite so many.

Dada will certainly get more and more hated, for its wire-cutters allow it to cut processions singing “Come Darling”, what a sacrilege!
Cubism represents total famine in ideas.

They cubed primitive paintings, cubed Negro sculptures, cubed violins, cubed guitars, cubed picture magazines, cubed shit and girls’ profiles and now they want to cube money!!!
Dada, on the other hand, wants nothing, absolutely nothing, and what it does is to make the public say “We understand nothing, nothing, nothing”.

“The Dadaists are nothing, nothing, nothing and they will surely succeed in nothing, nothing, nothing.”

Francis Picabia

who knows nothing, nothing, nothing

DADA Manifesto (1920)

Link: “Pharmacy for Idiots” at Rob Tufnell

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