what is the avant-garde?

“Experimental art” was a catchphrase which was often a false attempt to give an art the kudos of a science. The catchphrase implied that the result of a successful experiment would be not just the artistic success of the individual work of art concerned but, as it is in science, the formulation of a general rule, by knowing which other artists in the -ism group, and indeed art in general, would progress in the sense that science progresses.

Brigid Brophy

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