- Art is a private thing, the artist makes it for himself; a comprehensible work is the product of a journalist. We need works that are strong, straight, precise, and forever beyond understanding.
- The actual source of this quote is "Dada Manifesto 1918" (March 23, 1918) by Tristan Tzara, as seen in the following selection (with the sourced words bolded):
"Art is a private affair, the artist produces it for himself; an intelligible work is the product of a journalist, and because at this moment it strikes my fancy to combine this monstrosity with oil paints: a paper tube simulating the metal that is automatically pressed and poured hatred cowardice villainy. The artist, the poet rejoice at the venom of the masses condensed into a section chief of this industry, he is happy to be insulted: it is a proof of his immutability. When a writer or artist is praised by the newspapers, it is proof of the intelligibility of his work: wretched lining of a coat for public use; tatters covering brutality, piss contributing to the warmth of an animal brooding vile instincts. Flabby, insipid flesh reproducing with the help of typographical microbes.
"We have thrown out the cry-baby in us. Any infiltration of this kind is candied diarrhea. To encourage this act is to digest it. What we need is works that are strong straight precise and forever beyond understanding. Logic is a complication. Logic is always wrong. It draws the thread of notions, words, in their formal exterior, toward illusory ends and centers."
(Added by InvisibleSun)
- Thanks for the information. I have refmt'ed the "Misattribution" section to comply with WQ standards. First note that the Talk page is not the place to point for evidence, as it might gets archived and is not on many of our mirrors in any case. Succint reference to sources inside the article, as you've done, is quite enough. It is even better when wikilinks are added, of course - so I added a wikilink to the wikisource of Dada Manifesto, as well as to Tristan's WQ page. Thanks ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 05:17, 11 October 2005 (UTC)