Jean (Hans) Arp. Untitled (Collage with Squares Arranged according to the Laws of Chance). 1916–17

Jean (Hans) Arp Untitled (Collage with Squares Arranged according to the Laws of Chance) 1916–17

  • Not on view

Accounts by several Dadaists describe how Arp made "chance collages" such as this one: by tearing paper into pieces, dropping them onto a larger sheet, and pasting each scrap wherever it happened to fall. The relatively ordered appearance of Arp's collages suggests, however, that the artist did not fully relinquish artistic control. Skeptical of reason in the wake of World War I, Arp and other Dadaists turned to chance as an antidote.

Gallery label from Dada, June 18–September 11, 2006
Medium
Torn-and-pasted paper and colored paper on colored paper
Dimensions
19 1/8 x 13 5/8" (48.5 x 34.6 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
457.1937
Copyright
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Department
Drawings and Prints