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The Challenge of the Avant-Garde is the fourth of six books in the series Art and its Histories, which form the main texts of an Open University course. The course has been designed for students who are new to the discipline but will also appeal to those who have undertaken some study in this area. This volume traces the challenge posed to the academic canon by the emergent avant-garde of the early and mid-nineteenth century. It looks at significant shifts in the development of the concept, both in moves away from the sense of social leadership to a desire for artistic autonomy in the later nineteenth century and then a reverse movement to bridge the gap between art and life in the revolutionary avant-gardes of the early twentieth century. The book closes with an examination of the eventual incorporation of the avant-garde as a form of modern canon by the eve of World War II. Throughout, it seeks to relate the discourse of artistic avant-gardism in all its forms to contemporary social and political histories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300077629
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Art and Its Histories Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.61 (w) x 10.13 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6
Introduction: the avant-garde and modernism 7
Pt. 1 The Early Avant-Garde
1 The avant-garde from the July Monarchy to the Second Empire 35
2 Material differences: the early avant-garde in France 56
3 Photography and modernity in nineteenth-century France 70
4 Modernity in Germany: the many sides of Adolph Menzel 91
Pt. 2 The Avant-Garde in its Own Right
5 The avant-garde and the Paris Commune 113
6 Caillebotte, masculinity, and the bourgeois gaze 137
7 Exhibiting modernity: the 1889 Universal Exhibition and the Eiffel Tower 156
8 Exhibiting 'les Independants': Gauguin and the Cafe Volpini show 164
Pt. 3 'The Point is to Change it'
9 The avant-garde in the early twentieth century 183
10 The Futurists: transcontinental avant-gardism 204
11 The revolutionary avant-gardes: Dada, Constructivism and Surrealism 226
Conclusion: for and against the avant-garde 257
Recommended reading 273
Index 277
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