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I. February 4 Avant-garde What does avant-garde mean? Is this the same thing as modern art? -Advance guard of an army -Etymology actually can be traced back to old French of Middle Ages -First came into use in connection with art in the writings of the French socialist Henri de Saint-Simon around 1820 -Today-- connections with modern art Is this a positive or negative term? -This term is not neutral--it always implies some kind of evaluation. -Positive: forging ahead, breaking barriers, innovation, challenge to convention -Negative: difficult, incomprehensible -Synonymous with the most adventuresome manifestations of modern art Examples -Cubism: Picasso, Still Life on a Piano (1911-12) -Abstraction Mondrian, Composition with Yellow and White (1932) -Surrealism Duchamp, l.h.o.o.q. (1919) http://www.artofcolour.com/painting-profile/profiles-no6- files/lhooq.jpg -Dada Duchamp, Fountain (1917/1964) http://www.waywardintellectuals.com/duchamp.jpg
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-Conceptual art Hirst, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course ARCH 4.500 taught by Professor Lawrencesass during the Fall '08 term at MIT.

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