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A strand of Dada production was associated with an ironic and subversive view of science.
Jean Crotti and Suzanne Duchamp infused much of their work with this attitude, which brought them close to Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia. Crotti’s Portrait of Edison may both celebrate and subvert the reputation of Thomas Edison, the great inventor associated with electric lights, telephones and recording. The phonograph especially seems to be deconstructed in the lower part of the composition.

July 2011