quote by Alexander Rodchenko

We must revolutionize our optical perception. We must remove the veil from our eyes.

— Alexander Rodchenko

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The room is there for the human being - not the human being for the room.

I was a student at Harvard, and that's where I learned about so-called avant-garde music. Jackson Pollock, abstract expressionism and painting were well known at this time.

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It's very schizophrenic because I like a lot of very straight pop, like Small Faces, Stones, Kinks; and on the other hand, I like a lot of avant garde things.

Now there is no taboo; everything is allowed. But one cannot simply go back to tonality, it’s not the way. We must find a way of neither going back nor continuing the avant-garde. I am in a prison: one wall is the avant-garde, the other wall is the past, and I want to escape.

If I paint like a barbarian, it's because we live in a barbarous age

Classicism becomes avant-garde when everyone else is doing their utmost to develop new stylistic forms. And I think it's healthy to return to classical forms.

An avant-garde man is like an enemy inside a city he is bent on destroying, against which he rebels; for like any system of government, an established form of expression is also a form of oppression. The avant-garde man is the opponent of an existing system.

The main trouble with avant-garde art and literature, from the point of view of fascists and Stalinists, is not that they are too critical, but that they are too "innocent," that it is too difficult to inject effective propaganda, that kitsch is more pliable to this end.

My work first engaged with the early russian avant-garde;

the paintings of moholy-nagy, el lissitzky's 'prouns' and naum gabo's sculptures, but in particular with the work of kasimir malevitch - he was an early influence for me as a representative of the modern avant-garde intersection between art and design.

Avant-garde means never having to say you're sorry.

I've always enjoyed feeling a connection to the avant-garde, such as Dada and surrealism and pop art. The only thing the artist can do is be honest with themselves and make the art they want to make. That's what I've always done.

Innovation, being avant garde, is always polemic.

I hate the terminology of "costume" because my clothes are not costumes at all.

I think they're high fashion, avant-garde, and more couture, definitely, and yes, some of my pieces are not particularly wearable, but I wouldn't say they're costumes, I'd say they're more couture.

What guides me is to do work that's more avant-garde - things that I think are special. You can easily become a celebrity and get caught up in all that blur. I just want to work and surprise myself.

Physicists are more like avant-garde composers, willing to bend traditional rules... Mathematicians are more like classical composers.

Music is a continuum and the modern and avant-garde composers of today will be part of the standard repertoire 30 years from now.

The avant-garde makes more sense to me.

I've always liked pop music. There was a bit of a misunderstanding with the avant-garde rock scene, because I think I was sort of swimming the wrong way, really.

To some degree, yeah, because I have to play a certain number of originals that might be considered avant-garde material. I realize though, that only a few people in the audience actually know what that music is, or understand it.

We will have to create an avant-garde.

... We could have a Union for the enlarged Europe, and a Federation for the avant-garde.

Life is difficult for those who have the daring to first set out on an unknown road. The avant-garde always has a bad time of it.

The only place Avant Garde looks good is in the words Avant Garde.

You might argue that the history of contemporary art is a series of avant-garde movements, each new wave outraging the last.

My dad was this sort of avant-garde guy who did all kinds of weird things.

He was a true original and anybody who met him never forgot him.

The avant-garde understands itself as invading unknown territory, exposing itself to the dangers of sudden, shocking encounters, conquering an as yet unoccupied future ... The avant-garde must find a direction in a landscape into which no one seems to have yet ventured.

Noise has taken the place of punk rock.

People who play noise have no real aspirations to being part of the mainstream culture. Punk has been co-opted, and this subterranean noise music and the avant-garde folk scene have replaced it

In short, it occurred to me that perhaps the only possible avant garde is the avant garden.

I first of all have a problem with the term 'avant-garde'.

Because it is a military term, it means the guard that runs before the rest of the soldiers. And if I want to see myself presented in military terms, I don't want to be part of that. I want to be one of the deserters. I want to be in the woods, maybe.

Music is a language, and it's like a dictionary that has a lot of words, but if you limited yourself to a couple of definitions you would be illiterate. If one limits oneself to a peculiar definition like 'new music,' 'avant-garde,' or something like that, I think it's like cutting out half the dictionary.

More than a rejection or dissolution of the past, avant-garde originality is conceived as a literal origin, a beginning from ground zero, a birth.

I didn't have any set idea of what kind of filmmaker I wanted to be.

I knew I wanted to tell stories that meant something to me, but I never said I was going to be the weird, avant-garde guy.

The avant-garde is to the left what jingoism is to the right. Both are a refuge in nonsense.

Avant-garde is French for bullshit

No matter how much people in fashion think we're so cool and avant-garde, for most fashion people, creativity is quite taboo.