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Baroness Elsa: Gender, Dada, and Everyday Modernity--A Cultural Biography
by Irene Gammel
Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874?1927) is considered by many to be the first American dadaist as well as the mother of dada. An innovator in poetic form and an early creator of junk sculpture, "the Baroness" was best known for her sexually charged, often controversial performances. Some thought her merely crazed, others thought her a genius. The editor Margaret Anderson ...more
Paperback, 561 pages
Published August 29th 2003 by Mit Press
(first published 2002)
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This book rekindled my love of history and reading. The Baroness is a common thread in the lives of so many mind-blowing artists yet remains unfairly obscure. This woman has given me a great deal; entertaining stories of fist fights with old W.C. Williams not being the least.
Tomato can bras,teaspoon earrings black lipstick... yeah whatever that's so lady gaga right? WRONG! This is the ORIGINAL mother of DADA! Elsa von Freytag was rocking this look in the early 1920s. This is a MUST read for ANY artist. Here is where it all started, this woman was a walking work of art. Gammel opens up a porthole in time and leads us through a roaring chaotic tour of the Baroness Elsa, the woman from the future.