against Breton, Breton against Picabia; Ball was already
The former cubist painter Francis Picabia, who had been leading a similar movement in New York with Marcel Duchamp, joined Tzara
' s group in 1918.
Unlike Huelsenbeck, who searched for the best stuff he could find to the point that a reader could barely encounter a dull entry, Tzara
opened a field of self-promotion, of art-world name making, and people from Louis Aragon to Fried-Hardy Worm (as the alphabetical opening page would have it) came up with cutely elaborate jokes, collages, photographs, drawings, and puerile shouts that sit flatly on the page.
I learnt this, and ways of mapping it all, early on when still in my teens from reading Ezra Pound, and then a year or two later from Tristan Tzara
, Jorge Louis Borges, and John Ashbery.
We read about his interests in anthropology and art, his brilliant sketches of foreign lands, people, and landscapes; his friendship with the great minds of the world (Picasso, Gide, Saint-John Perse, Apollinaire, Breton, Tzara
, Matic, Rakic, Sumanovic, Crnjanski, and many more.
Humour gets a brief look-in in Jean-Marc Maura's paper on Andre Breton and Tristan Tzara
, and their cults of African and Oceanian art.
was the author of the first Dada texts La Premiere