Making it Modern

“Art is a private thing, the artist makes it for himself; a comprehensible work is the product of a journalist.”

Tristan Tzara, “Dada Manifesto,” March 23, 1918

“Literature is news that stays news.”

Ezra Pound, ABC of Reading (1934)

Serge Diaghilev, at the composer’s studio, on hearing the first few minutes of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring: “Does it go on like that for very long?”

Stravinsky: “Until the end, my dear.”

Interview, 1965

Portrait of Tristan Tzara
Portrait of Tristan Tzara by Lajos Tihanyi
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