Avant Garde Quotes

Quotes tagged as "avant-garde" (showing 1-30 of 40)
Robert Hughes
“What has our culture lost in 1980 that the avant-garde had in 1890? Ebullience, idealism, confidence, the belief that there was plenty of territory to explore, and above all the sense that art, in the most disinterested and noble way, could find the necessary metaphors by which a radically changing culture could be explained to its inhabitants.”
Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New

Carlton Mellick III
“The world is still new . . . it seems old to us, but only seems because our lives are so short . . . our human race has been around for such a brief amount of time that the universe hasn't had the chance to detect us yet. One blink is all it needs to miss our dance through actuality.”
Carlton Mellick III, Satan Burger

“A major assumption that underlies this selection is that it is only within work that is progressive, experimental or avant-garde that staid, old-fashioned images and ideas about gender can be challenged and alternatives imagined. I have never seen a ballet performance that has not disappointed me.”
Ramsay Burt, The Male Dancer: Bodies, Spectacle and Sexuality

Carlton Mellick III
“[he]. . . hated God . . . actually, he just hated Christians . . . He never met God. Why should he care about somebody he never met?”
Carlton Mellick III, Satan Burger

John Cage
“If my work is accepted, I must move on to the point where it is not.”
John Cage, Silence: Lectures and Writings

Saira Viola
“Everyone knew what the night would bring lots of D and A plenty of T and A”
Saira Viola

“As a child, my clothes were always tailored to be oversized, because I quickly outgrew them and then needed bigger ones. As an adult, I still don't cut my coat according to size”
Sola Kosoko

Andrei Platonov
“O masses, o masses! When will you assume the image and likeness of your avant-garde?”
Andrei Platonov

“[...] a familiar art historical narrative [...] celebrates the triumph of the expressive individual over the collective, of innovation over tradition, and autonomy over interdependence. [...] In fact, a common trope within the modernist tradition of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries involved the attempt to reconstruct or recover the lost ideal of an art that is integrated with, rather than alienated from, the social. By and large, however, the dominant model of avant-garde art during the modern period assumes that shared or collective values and systems of meaning are necessarily repressive and incapable of generating new insight or grounding creative praxis.”
Grant H. Kester, The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context

Rosalyn Drexler
“The play takes place on a ramp, hanging from a ramp, below a ramp, and to the sides of a ramp.”
Rosalyn Drexler, The Line of Least Existence and Other Plays

Alain Robbe-Grillet
“The word "avant-garde," for example, despite its note of impartiality, generally serves to dismiss-as though by a shrug of the shoulders-any work that risks giving a bad conscience to the literature of mass consumption.”
Alain Robbe-Grillet, For a New Novel: Essays on Fiction

Hugo Ball
“Why can't a tree be called Pluplusch?”
Hugo Ball

Morrissey
“Everybody was sorta going to sleep twards the end of 1983, and I felt that they had to be woken up!”
Morrissey

“Cleverness in itself is useless. It’s like a peacock’s feathers – an extravagant display used by those who crave attention.
The mind’s worth is revealed when clever solves real problems.”
Sola Kosoko

“The idea that sins can be forgiven is at the root of mankind's problems. Everyone pays...sooner or later.”
Sola Kosoko

“Pain is our salvation 'cos when it's dark enough, a star will reveal itself.”
Sola Kosoko

“The more you worry about your spending, the less you focus on increasing your capacity.”
Sola Kosoko

“If I were a bird, I will have no feet.”
Sola Kosoko

“FitFam do not live forever. They live to the fullest.”
Sola Kosoko

“If you create, you achieve half your success. The other half comes when your creation spawns its own demand.”
Sola Kosoko

“World trends are changing at an increasing pace.
Does that mean you need to move faster to achieve your goals? No...you don't have to match the speed of your prey. You just need to stop chasing and start anticipating. Don't aim for where your target is...focus on where it will be.”
Sola Kosoko

“Avant-garde art is yoga for the mind.”
Khang Kijarro Nguyen

Moonshine Noire
“The empires collapsed to rubble. Skyscrapers dragged down to the ground. It was chaos. I could smell the end. It smells of tequila, cannabis, and strawberry shampoo. It's so cold so cold so cold. But I'm not shivering from cold. My own teeth are frigid icepicks. Carved diamond hard, I think I've cut my lip. Maybe it was someone else's teeth that nipped me.”
Moonshine Noire

Talismanist Giebra
“Welcome to Planet Earth, find your existential avant-garde.”
Talismanist Giebra, Talismanist: Fragments of the Ancient Fire. Philosophy of Fragmentism Series.

Talismanist Giebra
“Surreal reality. Real surreality.
Imagination Opium. Reality Morphium.”
Talismanist Giebra, Talismanist: Fragments of the Ancient Fire. Philosophy of Fragmentism Series.

Bob Dylan
“2. i got 14 fevers/ i got 5 believers...dressed up like men
tell your mama not to worry/

2. (a) tell your mama & your pappa i'm trying to keep from dying too

3. tell your mamma & your pappa that there's nothing wrong with my jugular vein
tell your mama i love her & tell your sister Alice the same

4. when you sleep on windows & you stay up all night swallowing rocks

5. i should've sent her to Hong Kong instead of leaving”
Bob Dylan, The Lyrics: 1961-2012

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