The avant-garde and the beatniks share in the function of entertaining without endangering the good conscience of the men of good will.
There is no avant-garde: only some people a bit behind.
In the world of Pierre Schaeffer, experimentation and entertainment were synonymous; any division between the avant-garde and the everyday simply did not exist.pierre schaeffer
I still feel that sincerity and realism are avant-garde, or can be, just as I did when I started out.Edmund White
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.Anton Chekhov
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.Clement Greenberg
I regard criticism as an art, and if in this country and in this age it is practiced with honesty, it is no more remunerative than the work of an avant-garde film artist. My dear anonymous letter writers, if you think it is so easy to be a critic, so difficult to be a poet or a painter or film experimenter, may I suggest you try both? You may discover why there are so few critics, so many poets.Pauline Kael
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