Max Ernst. Cover from Let There Be Fashion, Down with Art (Fiat modes pereat ars). 1920

Max Ernst Cover from Let There Be Fashion, Down with Art (Fiat modes pereat ars) 1920

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Let There Be Fashion, Down with Art ironically inverts the Latin saying “Let there be art, down with fashion,” thus announcing the end of traditional art. Here the rational world of science and industry have gone awry: the prints display diagrammatic, nonsensical equations, ineffectual measuring instruments, and a dysfunctional system of plumbs and weights. The portfolio also marks the first appearance of the artist’s assumed Dada identity, “Dadamax ERNST,” which supplants his signature on the second sheet.

Gallery label from Max Ernst: Beyond Painting, September 23, 2017-January 1, 2018.
Letterpress and line block with collage additions
cover: 18 1/16 x 13" (45.9 x 33 cm)
Originally to be published by Kairos-Verlag, Cologne, Sponsored by and begun with Verlag Arbeitsgemeinschaft bildender Künstler, Cologne, Completed with Schlomilch Verlag, Cologne
Unknown, possibly Druckerei Hertz, Cologne
60 announced; only a few known sets
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© 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Let There Be Fashion, Down with Art (Fiat modes pereat ars)
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