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AM 105: Introduction to Arts & Media Methodology

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For example, a search on the artist "Man Ray" in Oxford Art Online leads to an artist biography that states he was a prominent figure in the Dada and Surrealism movements.  One could learn more about the artist by also studying these artistic and literary movements of the early 20th century.

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