“What do you call an upside-down urinal?”
In 1917, Marcel Duchamp and his “Fountain” urinal led the way into the Dada art movement. Dada artists showcase “different ways to make fun and interesting art with readymades.” They display everyday objects in unique ways with the goal to make people think differently about it.
No matter where you fall on the art-or-not line, this humorous nonfiction picture book offers a glimpse into art history without pontification. Instead, leading open ended questions such as “How can we tell when something is art or when it isn’t? Who gets to decide?” make this a great discussion starter for a group who might just have different tastes in art.
For the insightful questioning on the theory of “art” it encourages, this book is recommended for elementary readers and their grownups.