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Published unnecessarily whenever the spirits move us. Subscription free to whomever we please or displease. Contributions received in liquid form only. This issue limited to local contributors.

Editor - Man Ray, Ridgefield, N.J.

Our Story So Far

The original Ridgefield Gazook was a four-page hand-drawn newsletter, written and edited by Man Ray, who was working out of Ridgefield, N.J., an artist's colony. It consisted of four pages of nonsense graphics, puns and illustrations. Only a single number (Number 0) appeared, dated March 31, 1915.

This second number does not attempt to recreate the spirit of the first. I liked the title, its pre-Dada origins, and the fact it was created with home-grown, All-American, irreverent, nonsensical Dada spirit.

NOTICE: The survival of this publication is not guaranteed, unless adequate support is forthcoming. Mail all remonstrances in the form of money orders or cash payable to Man Ray - P.O. Ridgefield, N.J. Single copies fifty cents.

Sophie Taeuber, Dada Head (Portrait of Hans Arp), 1918


The two best sources for information on Dada are Motherwell and Richter, Motherwell for source documents by the Dadaists themselves and Richter for the most dispassionate history and overview.

Ball, Hugo, Flight Out Of Time. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1927/1974
The autobiography of the co-founder of Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich.

Cabanne, Pierre, Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp. New York: Viking, 1971
The best source for understanding the intellectual underpinning of Duchamp's assault on traditional concepts of art.

Erickson, John D., Dada: Performance, Poetry and Art. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1984
Interesting overview of Dada in Zurich, New Yourk, Berlin and Paris. The last several chapters are full of intellectual analysis and are pretty rough slogging.

Foster, Stephen and Kuenzli, Rudolf (eds.), Dada Spectrum: The Dialectics of Revolt. Madison: Coda Press, 1979

Gale, Matthew, Dada & Surrealism. London: Phaidon, 1997
A better source for images than text.

Gordon, Mel (ed.), Dada Performance. New York: PAJ Publications, 1987

Huelsenbeck, Richard (ed.), Dada Almanach. London: Atlas Press, 1993
The only Dada compilation produced by Dadaists in their heyday. Emphasizes Berlin Dada.

Huelsenbeck, Richard, Memoirs of A Dada Drummer. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1969/1974
Huelsenbeck was Hugo Ball's friend in Munich before Dada and arrived in Zurich shortly after the founding of Cabaret Voltaire. Colored by Huelsenbeck's emphasis on Dada as anti-communis, which in turn reflects Huelsenbeck's immigrant status in the US. Still worth reading.

Last, Rex W., German Dadaist Literature. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1973
Three long chapters analyzing the writing of Ball, Schwitters, and Arp. Worthwhile.

Motherwell, Robert (ed.), The Dada Painters and Poets (2nd edition). Cambridge: Belknap Harvard, 1951/1979

Richter, Hans, Dada: Art and Anti-Art. New York: McGraw-Hill, ND

Tomkins, Calvin, The Bride and the Bachelors. New York: Viking, 1965
Great chapter on Marcel Duchamp.

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