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It is an avant-garde theater piece.
  any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field — especially in the arts

or as an adjective:  radically new or original
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  • It is an avant-garde theater piece.
  • Beside her were the books that had marked her as an avant-garde undergraduate: Sartre, Colette, Proust, Flaubert.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Nor do I know whether accepting the lesson has placed me in the rear or in the avant-garde.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • It’s the only avant-garde we’ve got.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise

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  • Their avant-gardism merely constitutes another kind of conventionality for him, a way of being "chic" or "in," whereas his heroic ideal goes its solitary way even though it outrage friend as well as foe and confound lover as well as stranger.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The other side of the room is as neat as Cedric’sa few books stacked in one corner of a spotless desk next to a botde of hand cream, a few avant-garde posters, several pairs of stylish shoes and boots per-fecdy aligned on the closet floor.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Quite avant-garde.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Ms. Carol Fernandez went on at length about my mom, "the raven-haired avant-garde painter Helen Thermopolis," and about my dad, "the handsome Prince Phillipe of Genovia," who’d "successfully battled his way back from a bout of testicular cancer."
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • She was still wearing Web fashions then, involved in Post-Destructionist music theories, reading Obit and Nihil and the most avant-garde magazines from Renaissance Vector and TC2, feigning sophisticated weariness with life and a rebel’s vocabulary-and none of this jelled with the undersized but earnest history major who spilled fruit cocktail on her at Dean Moore’s honors party.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • For years, B. B. Smithers had been considered the queen of avant-garde jewelry.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures

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  • At first Hiro thinks it must be some kind of avant-garde helmet.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • It helped that his hairstyle was a tad avant-garde, or "messy," as Kara put it.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • Do you know anything about the avant-garde theatre there’s so much talk about?
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • The eye slits beneath the low brow stared across the plaza; the sculpture gave this part of town an avant-garde sensibility.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • They are often the first multinationals to arrive when a country has opened its markets, serving as the avant-garde of American franchising.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • It read as follows : The position which the rebels occupy in our front may be turned by a gorge about six miles from us, through a country in which cavalry may make the avant garde.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Avant-garde cello collective, eh.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • AVANT-GARDE AND KITSCH by Clement Greenberg.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • This is the last avant-garde.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • In seeking to go beyond Alexandrianism, a part of Western bourgeois society has produced something unheard of heretofore: — avant-garde culture.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • True, the first settlers of bohemia — which was then identical with the avant-garde — turned out soon to be demonstratively uninterested in politics.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • It has been in search of the absolute that the avant-garde has arrived at "abstract" or "nonobjective" art — and poetry, too.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • As for the other fields of literature — the definition of avant-garde aesthetics advanced here is no Procrustean bed.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • That avant-garde culture is the imitation of imitating — the fact itself — calls for neither approval nor disapproval.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • But there is one most important difference: the avant-garde moves, while Alexandrianism stands still.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • And this, precisely, is what justifies the avant-garde’s methods and makes them necessary.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • This is not to say, however, that it is to the social advantage of the avant-garde that it is what it is.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • For it is to the latter that the avant-garde belongs.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Since the avant-garde forms the only living culture we now have, the survival in the near future of culture in general is thus threatened.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • But the avant-garde itself, already sensing the danger, is becoming more and more timid every day that passes.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • This can mean only one thing: that the avant-garde is becoming unsure of the audience it depends on — the rich and the cultivated.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Is it the nature itself of avant-garde culture that is alone responsible for the danger it finds itself in?
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Where there is an avant-garde, generally we also find a rear-guard.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • It was no accident, therefore, that the birth of the avant-garde coincided chronologically — and geographically, too — with the first bold development of scientific revolutionary thought in Europe.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • And in the case of the avant-garde, this was provided by an elite among the ruling class of that society from which it assumed itself to be cut off, but to which it has always remained attached by an umbilical cord of gold.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Hence it developed that the true and most important function of the avant-garde was not to "experiment," but to find a path along which it would be possible to keep culture moving in the midst of ideological confusion and violence.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Kitsch’s enormous profits are a source of temptation to the avant-garde itself, and its members have not always resisted this temptation.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • If the avant-garde imitates the processes of art, kitsch, we now see, imitates its effects.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Courage indeed was needed for this, because the avant-garde’s emigration from bourgeois society to bohemia meant also an emigration from the markets of capitalism, upon which artists and writers had been thrown by the falling away of aristocratic patronage.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Retiring from public altogether, the avant-garde poet or artist sought to maintain the high level of his art by both narrowing and raising it to the expression of an absolute in which all relativities and contradictions would be either resolved or beside the point.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Moreover, as Macdonald himself points out, around 1925 when the Soviet regime was encouraging avant-garde cinema, the Russian masses continued to prefer Hollywood movies.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • A magazine like the New Yorker, which is fundamentally high-class kitsch for the luxury trade, converts and waters down a great deal of avant-garde material for its own uses.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • The avant-garde poet or artist tries in effect to imitate God by creating something valid solely on its own terms, in the way nature itself is valid, in the way a landscape — not its picture — is aesthetically valid; something given, increate, independent of meanings, similars or originals.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • The neatness of this antithesis is more than contrived; it corresponds to and defines the tremendous interval that separates from each other two such simultaneous cultural phenomena as the avant-garde and kitsch.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • The avant-garde’s specialization of itself, the fact that its best artists are artists’ artists, its best poets, poets’ poets, has estranged a great many of those who were capable formerly of enjoying and appreciating ambitious art and literature, but who are now unwilling or unable to acquire an initiation into their craft secrets.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • It is for this reason that the avant-garde is outlawed, and not so much because a superior culture is inherently a more critical culture.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • The example of music, which has long been an abstract art, and which avant-garde poetry has tried so much to emulate, is interesting.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • (Ostensibly, at least, it meant this — meant starving in a garret — although, as we will be shown later, the avant-garde remained attached to bourgeois society precisely because it needed its money.) Yet it is true that once the avant-garde had succeeded in "detaching" itself from society, it proceeded to turn around and repudiate revolutionary as well as bourgeois politics.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • (Ostensibly, at least, it meant this — meant starving in a garret — although, as we will be shown later, the avant-garde remained attached to bourgeois society precisely because it needed its money.) Yet it is true that once the avant-garde had succeeded in "detaching" itself from society, it proceeded to turn around and repudiate revolutionary as well as bourgeois politics.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Nevertheless, if the masses were conceivably to ask for avant-garde art and literature, Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin would not hesitate long in attempting to satisfy such a demand.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
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