Meaning of avant-garde in English:


Pronunciation /ˌavɒ̃ˈɡɑːd/

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usually the avant-garde
  • 1New and experimental ideas and methods in art, music, or literature.

    ‘he has been called a promoter of the avant-garde’
    • ‘The city has a reputation for being the one place where rock music and the avant-garde have merged with results that are spectacular rather than excruciating.’
    • ‘I got into medieval music and the avant-garde, all the fringe stuff that people didn't like, the punk rock of classical music.’
    • ‘A passionate advocate for the avant-garde in both literature and film, B.S. Johnson gained notoriety for his forthright views on the future of the novel and for his idiosyncratic ways of putting them into practice.’
    • ‘He is maybe a bit like the great Serge Gainsbourg, who was also mixing pop music and the avant-garde.’
    • ‘There's so much great music in the world, from jazz, to Mozart, to rock, to French Impressionism, to folk music, the avant-garde, etc.’
    • ‘Dance music, of course, was never a single tradition, and that was its strength - the ability to draw on anything from African classical music to European avant-garde.’
    • ‘With modernism and the avant-garde, postmodernists reject realism, mimesis, and linear forms of narrative.’
    • ‘Experimentation, the avant-garde, suddenly becomes something barbarous and ineffective.’
    • ‘The post-modernist movement challenged the Modernist notion of the avant-garde.’
    • ‘This ethics of language, so central to Barthes's promotion of the avant-garde, may help to account for a puzzling feature of his criticism.’
    • ‘The re-emergence of the avant-garde, modernism's trope par excellence, marks the return of the repressed in contemporary art.’
    • ‘They were a remarkable couple, forward-thinking patrons of the arts who throughout their lives supported the avant-garde in art and architecture.’
    • ‘Or one can question whether the cool, objectivizing aesthetic of the avant-garde ever really was.’
    • ‘Ives may have sympathised with progressive ideas and there are occasional glimpses of the avant-garde in the Art Palace selection.’
    • ‘Even during the brief periods of thaw there was little space for innovation, critique, or the avant-garde.’
    • ‘This is the American theatre and opera director - weaned on the avant-garde, marinated in the aesthetics of southeast Asia - who became famous working with Disney on The Lion King.’
    • ‘They are champions of the avant-garde, which explains how they come to be marooned for a fortnight in a chateau in the middle of a Belgian forest rehearsing a piece called Partitum Mutande.’
    • ‘For all its pretensions towards reinvention, Glasgow remained deeply suspicious of the avant-garde.’
    • ‘This genre intersects the literary avant-garde, visual and concrete poetry, text-based installations, net art, software art, and netspeak.’
    • ‘It is set at the intersections of the literary avant-garde, visual and concrete poetry, text-based electronic installation art, net art and software art.’
    1. 1.1A group of artists, musicians, or writers working with new and experimental ideas and methods.
      ‘works by artists of the Russian avant-garde’
      • ‘Early non-medical LSD use was limited to an intellectual avant-garde of writers, artists and musicians.’
      • ‘The most prestigious traditional Bohemian glass decoration, Tiefschnit, or deep, intaglio carving, was also adopted by the artists of the avant-garde.’
      • ‘Konig spent much of the 1970s in North America, where he established close ties with the leading artists of the avant-garde.’
      • ‘Museum attention to his photography-Stieglitz as artist rather than leader of the avant-garde - has been extensive and judicious.’
      • ‘Composers, editors, directors and writers, anyone who was respected in the avant-garde of the Hurrion arts seemed in attendance.’
      • ‘The earlier film culture manifested a proximity to the avant-garde, the rebel.’
      • ‘These were based on texts by Prevert, Schwitters and Artaud, all artists of the modernist avant-garde.’
      • ‘And from the outset, this idea will contradict manifestos of the avant-garde - attaching itself to a more unobtrusive psychological tradition.’
      • ‘She also investigates the avant-garde's motives in embracing black culture and proffers reasons and meanings for its interest.’
      • ‘It seemed an example of the avant-garde having learned the language of children, to use Forché's formulation, in order to briefly lure them away from the society of the spectacle.’
      • ‘But then, my project has always been to bring the smells of the barbeque to the world of the avant-garde.’
      • ‘Some products of the avant-garde keep their edge longer than others-Joyce, Picasso and Schonberg still have the capacity to shock after nearly a century.’
      • ‘For over forty years, Weir has toured the world performing the entire pantheon of organ works, from the most expressive Mozart piece to the most challenging works of the avant-garde.’
      • ‘Chen, 30, set aside his strict classical training, based on techniques developed as far back as the Tang dynasty, and moved into the realm of the avant-garde.’
      • ‘In the early Sixties she was still in the avant-garde, having abandoned St. Tropez to follow a guru to California, where she changed her name to Jane.’
      • ‘Khardzhiev's seemingly unassailable authority stemmed, of course, from his personal knowledge of many of the key figures of the avant-garde.’
      • ‘Modotti, a famous beauty of Italian birth, was the colleague and muse of photographer Edward Weston, who took her to Mexico to mix with the avant-garde.’
      • ‘Just because the avant-garde were exploring new forms of musical experience doesn't mean that the experiences themselves are only meaningful in terms of the specific techniques for bringing them about.’
      • ‘The Soviet avant-garde experimented with photography, photomontage, film, architecture and design for everyday living.’
      • ‘To innovate, the avant-garde needed to push film out of the black box, the darkened theatre, into the white cube of the gallery space.’
      • ‘It could be 1961, or 1949, with the avant-garde wearing berets and reciting poetry.’


  • Favouring or introducing new and experimental ideas and methods.

    ‘a controversial avant-garde composer’
    • ‘Artists here have been diligently working to improve their skills, as their counterparts in Beijing continue to put forward new concepts and avant-garde ideas.’
    • ‘This is coupled with an absence of widely available introductions and open doors for those who are unfamiliar with contemporary or avant-garde poetry.’
    • ‘The late avant-garde composer John Cage is in the news again.’
    • ‘After the second world war, the gap between audiences and avant-garde composers opened into an unbridgeable abyss.’
    • ‘During the 1960s he experimented with various avant-garde ideas and techniques formerly forbidden in the USSR.’
    • ‘Unlike most avant-garde composers from the fifties, Boulez has always found the physical act of making music a pleasurable exercise for both the ears and the spirit.’
    • ‘The film is about an avant-garde composer in the last century, and as you might expect, it's filled with his music.’
    • ‘The exhibition was extraordinary for its size and status as a landmark in the context of introducing European avant-garde art to the United States.’
    • ‘And yet, this manages not to come across as math, and only barely sounds like an avant-garde experiment.’
    • ‘I will inaugurate this study with a broad introduction to avant-garde film practice.’
    • ‘Christopher's ballets demonstrate a strong musicality and romanticism, which the choreographer says sets him apart from his more avant-garde contemporaries.’
    • ‘There is a lot of Chinese contemporary art and avant-garde art but I think China is much more daring.’
    • ‘April will see another French classic, Jacques Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, in a more avant-garde production with eccentric sets and costumes supplied by Portland Opera.’
    • ‘The rather scattered approach turns what could have been a compelling, avant-garde look into the ideas of a great thinker into a rather uneven experience.’
    • ‘The theater has a reputation for producing experimental, avant-garde plays, many of them controversial.’
    • ‘At that time at Olympic, I was doing avant-garde jazz, experimenting, trying all of these different things.’
    • ‘Finally, there is the dialogue of vision, an exchange between ‘authentic’ values and avant-garde ideas.’
    • ‘In the war the surrealists had been exiled to Manhattan and brought with them an idea of avant-garde cinema.’
    • ‘He is a London-based independent curator of experimental, avant-garde, and artists' film and video.’
    • ‘These musicians play to an avant-garde, hardcore underground sound.’
    innovative, advanced, innovatory, original, experimental, inventive, ahead of the times, new, forward-looking, futuristic, modern, ultra-modern, state-of-the-art, trendsetting, pioneering, progressive, groundbreaking, trailblazing, revolutionary
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Late Middle English (denoting the vanguard of an army): from French, literally ‘vanguard’. Current senses date from the early 20th century.