Performance art can be considered avant garde in the way it communicates with it's audience addressing them often in a confrontational or interactive manner.
All things considered to be ultramodern, advanced, or ahead of its time.
That American Watercolor Movement show at 58 was so avant garde.
Originally from French meaning as seen in first entry. Behaviour, work, music etc that is off the hook, fresh, original or at times just plain funny or even weird. Can be shortened to Avantor used as a prefix.
Some of Soil & "Pimp" Session's music is avant garde to the extreme.
Last night was well avant!
(As A Prefix) That was an avant-match, 10 bookings!
a term used by people who like to give the impression that they are intellectual art connoisseurs when they are trying to "describe" a quality of a piece of art that they dont understand at all and might not even be there. There are a few who use this term correctly (to describe ultramodernism or experimentation in modern art), but most who use it are ignorant and in denial regarding their own artistic mediocrity.
Wow look at this painting.... its so.... avant garde!" "Shut up Jim, you don't know anything about art
The grown-up word for hipster. Anything that dirty, hippie, English-major types use to make regular people feel inadequate and uncultured.
Alternatively, anything that regular/already established in their career people would disregard as shit. A term used to protect those "true artists whose genius is just misunderstood."
Dirty, hippie, English-major type: "Have you read my latest poetry book?"
Normal person: "That was poetry? It was just your grocery list repeated in a different order on every page."
Dirty, hippie, English-major type: "Ugh! It's avant garde. You just can't understand true art."
1. a pretentious way to call something pretentious (if you're an idot/hack/wanker), typically accompanied by a sarcastic smirk of perceived superiority and the speech pattern often associated with witty remarks, but missing the intelligent aspect of such;
2. a segue into snark, when bumbling blowhards overuse the word to describe things that aren't even remotely avant garde;
3. a way to acknowledge the originality (and often, the unconventionality) of a work, typically with the implication that it is advancing its medium rather that simply being ludicrous, whilst eschewing the ethnocentric desire to make such a comment in one's native tongue (assuming you're not French).
1. *Looking at abstract art and rolling eyes* "This is so avant garde." *smirks, sighs, and walks away to repeat this pattern with all other paintings in MOMA, tiring his/her over-smirked face in the process*.
2. "Have you guys seen Transformers 5 yet?"
"It's pretty avant garde guys you should all check it out!"
"What do you mean by 'avant garde'?"
"I mean uh, that it was pretty damn cool."
"Shut the fuck up and die."
"No really," *pulls out knife due to anti-gun laws*
"...I've had it with people like you who hear some word on O'Reilly's word of the day and shit it out as if you actually understand what it means and what context it should be used in."
*stabs person to death in the skull in a triangular fashion, then pulls out said persons eyes and places them inside the triangular hole, vomits in it, and remarks*
"Now that is avant garde."
3. Such and such work: "___insert work here___", "is Avant-garde".
The look of a coffee chick.
"You have that airy, petite, avant garde look."