A note on the image: the background image is a picture of  Marcel Duchamp's La Fontaine. See the Centre Pompidou's article on Du Champs life and work by clicking here. Read more about why this image was used and where it came from by clicking here.


[a. F. avant-garde, f. avant before + garde GUARD. Formerly anglicized, avaunt-, and -guard; sense 1 is now archaic or obs., being replaced by the aphetic VANGUARD; cf. (ar)rear-guard.] 1. The foremost part of an army; the vanguard or van. 2. The pioneers or innovators in any art in a particular period. Also attrib. or as adj. Hence avant-gardism, the characteristic quality of such pioneering; avant-gardist(e) (-st), such a person; also attrib.

Associated with the underground

Avant-garde Internet Publications: unregulated, almost free, commercially "irrelevant."

The Guggenheim Museum has this to say about Avant-garde art. This brief article raises some interesting questions about progress.

The Arcades Project Project is part of Heather Marcelle Crickenberger's doctoral dissertation entitled "The Structure of Awakening": Walter Benjamin and Progressive Scholarship in New Media which was defended and passed on June 27, 2007 at the University of South Carolina. The committe members are as follows: John Muckelbauer, Ph.D, Judith James, Ph.D., Dan Smith, Ph.D, Brad Collins, Ph. D., and Anthony Jarrells, Ph.D. Copyright 2007 by Heather Marcelle Crickenberger. All rights reserved.