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The Theory of the Avant-Garde

The Theory of the Avant-Garde

Renato Poggioli

ISBN 9780674882164

Publication date: 10/15/1981

Convinced that all aspects of modern culture have been affected by avant-garde art, Renato Poggioli explores the relationship between the avant-garde and civilization. Historical parallels and modern examples from all the arts are used to show how the avant-garde is both symptom and cause of many major extra-aesthetic trends of our time, and that the contemporary avant-garde is the sole and authentic one.


  • There can be no doubt that this book is a classic.

    —British Journal of Aesthetics

Book Details

  • 256 pages
  • 6 x 8 inches
  • Belknap Press