Avant Garde Quotes

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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

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

“[...] 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

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

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

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.

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

“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

“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

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

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

Guy Deutscher
“When one hears about acts of extraordinary bravery in combat, it is usually a sign that the battle has not been going terribly well. For when wars unfold according to plan and one's own side is winning, acts of exceptional individual heroism are rarely called for. Bravery is required mostly by the desperate side.”
Guy Deutscher, Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages

Ann Quin
“Threading experience through imaginative material, acting out fictitious parts, or choosing a stale-mate for compromise. Under this fabrication a secret army gathers defeating those who stalk the scaffolding of comparisons. Yet they still hunt with their pale perplexities and resentful airs.”
Ann Quin, Berg

“Someone is always feeding fat off everything you don't know.”
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

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

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

Ahmad Ardalan
“Why do you paint, Akram?” I asked. “What—”

“Close your eyes, Sebastian,” he said, stopping me. “Just for a minute, close them and tell me what you see.”

I did as he asked and answered, “Nothing, just black.”

He tilted my head a bit to the west. “Open them now and find the blessing of vision. This abundance, the explosion, the mixture of colors, the movement, life passing by… See the sun setting? What colors can you find in the sea? Surely there are blue and gray, but don’t you also see that darker gray, light green, even black? Look at the hues of the sun drowning in the sea, melting in oranges, reds, purples. Look at those trees over there. Look at the waves, at me, at your hands, the eyes of your friends. Now, must you still ask me why I paint?” Akram replied. He then left me and walked to the tip of the yacht to enjoy the sunset and the breeze.

“Artists,” I mumbled to myself.”
Ahmad Ardalan, The Art Collector of Le Marais

Paul Valéry
“Everything changes but the avant-garde”
Paul Valéry

“While architecture’s sense of disciplinary inferiority ultimately derives from the antique pyramid of expression that placed language and poetry at its lofty apex and building down amid the mud and toil of the ground, architecture’s Sisyphean effort to achieve elevation only became more futile with the development of modern capitalism on the one hand […] and avant-garde strategies of opposition on the other.”
Sylvia Lavin, Kissing Architecture

“The avant-garde is a connotation, every act here is a connotative value. The whole series of avant-garde movements do not signify, and yet their concepts are reconnotation.”
Vladan Kuzmanovic

“The avant-garde is attitude, principle, set of activities, set of performances, articulatory forms, positive objects and processes.”
Vladan Kuzmanovic

Criss Jami
“She's tragically scarred with an avant-garde, spastic heart - yet radically guarded (anti-romantic garden) - tactless, though perhaps smarter; and so her soul carries an ego too heavy to be swept off her feet: Modernity's narcissist.”
Criss Jami

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