Avant-garde



the advance group in any field, especially in the visual, literary, or musical arts, whose works are characterized chiefly by unorthodox and experimental methods.
of or relating to the experimental treatment of artistic, musical, or literary material.
belonging to the avant-garde:
an avant-garde composer.
unorthodox or daring; radical.
Contemporary Examples

According to Pozdorovkin, they all shared a love of punk rock and avant-garde art.
Sundance’s Best Documentary: ‘Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer’ Marlow Stern January 25, 2013

The fact is that historically, art and sex have long been intertwined, particularly when dealing with the avant-garde.
Andy Warhol’s Artistic Orgy Rachel Wolff June 23, 2010

The Fifty Year Sword By Mark Z. Danielewski A poetic, avant-garde “ghost story for grownups.”
This Week’s Hot Reads: Oct. 7, 2012 Nicholas Mancusi October 6, 2012

His pictures have stronger links to classic paintings, and to the 1960s avant-garde, than to Alfred Stieglitz and Ansel Adams.
Jeff Wall: One of Today’s 10 Most Important Artists Blake Gopnik June 4, 2011

Symbolizing CSM as a “creativity birth place,” 1Granary took an avant-garde approach towards the creation to life.
1Granary: The College Magazine Funded by Comme des Garçons Erin Cunningham October 6, 2013

Some might call it (as was said of her avant-garde Lanvin Oscar get-ups) fashion-person weird.
Hollywood’s Exquisite Alien Amanda Fortini April 29, 2009

Historical Examples

Reading the avant-garde stuff of nowadays, usually the contrast is merely grotesque, still I keep finding parallels.
The Trial of Callista Blake Edgar Pangborn

Unlike elsewhere in Eastern Europe, there has been no experimental or avant-garde theater in Bulgaria.
Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

She got possession of the kiln, as usual, and the ass was sent to graze on the green; but Mary was only the avant-garde.
A History of the Gipsies Walter Simson

The avant-garde of 500 regulars and 400 provincials, commanded by Lieut.-Col.
“Evacuation Day”, 1783 James Riker

noun
those artists, writers, musicians, etc, whose techniques and ideas are markedly experimental or in advance of those generally accepted
adjective
of such artists, etc, their ideas, or techniques
radical; daring
n.

(also avant garde, avantgarde); French, literally “advance guard” (see avant + guard (n.)). Used in English 15c.-18c. in a literal, military sense; borrowed again 1910 as an artistic term for “pioneers or innovators of a particular period.” Also used around the same time in communist and anarchist publications. As an adjective, by 1925.

The avant-garde générale, avant-garde stratégique, or avant-garde d’armée is a strong force (one, two, or three army corps) pushed out a day’s march to the front, immediately behind the cavalry screen. Its mission is, vigorously to engage the enemy wherever he is found, and, by binding him, to ensure liberty of action in time and space for the main army. [“Sadowa,” Gen. Henri Bonnal, transl. C.F. Atkinson, 1907]

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