The Avant Garde: A Very Short Introduction by David CottingtonThe Avant Garde: A Very Short Introduction by David Cottington

The Avant Garde: A Very Short Introduction

byDavid Cottington

Paperback | January 29, 2013

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"The avant-garde" is perhaps the most important and influential concept in the history of modern culture. For over a hundred years it has governed critical and historical assessment of the quality and significance of an artist or a work of art, in any medium-if these have been judged to be'avant-garde', then they have been worthy of consideration. If not, then by and large they have not, and neither critics nor historians have paid them much attention. In short, modern art is and has been whatever the 'avant-garde' has made, or has said it is.But very little attempt has been made to explore why 'the avant-garde' carries so much authority, or how it came to do so. What is more, the term remains a difficult one to define, and is often used in a variety of ways. What is the relation between "the avant-garde" - that is, the social entity(the "club") - and "avant-garde" qualities in a work of art (or design, or architecture, or any other cultural product)? What does "avant-gardism "mean? Moreover, now that contemporary art seems to have broken all taboos and is at the centre of a billion-pound art market, is there still an'avant-garde'? If so, what is the point of it and who are the artists concerned? In this Very Short Introduction, David Cottington explores the concept of the 'avant-garde' and examines its wider context through the development of western modernity, capitalist culture, and the global impact of both.
David Cottington is Professor of Art History at Kingston University London. He has published widely on the Cubist movement and the artistic avant-gardes of the early twentieth century, including Cubism in the Shadow of War: The Avant-Garde and Politics in Paris 1905-1914 (Yale UP, 1998), and Cubism and its Histories (Manchester Univers...
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Title:The Avant Garde: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.03 inPublished:January 29, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Origins: emergence and consolidation 1820-19142. Professionalisms and Politics Between the Wars3. Consumerism and co-option4. The Avant Garde and RevolutionConclusionFurther reading