Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes, 2nd Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0028653793
  • ISBN-13: 9780028653792
  • DDC: 700
  • Shipping Weight: 4.20 lbs ( 1.91 kgs)
  • 708 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • © 2000 | Published



A unique interdisciplinary guide to the cutting edge art movements of the past 150 years, now completely updated and revised, to include hundreds of new entries in all areas of artistic creation. An invaluable resource for all students of literature, film, music, art, theater, dance and aesthetics.


"The entries demonstrate a unique subjectivity and distinctive flair without sacrificing quality or standards." Library Journal (July, 2000)

— Library Journal

"Although it is personal, the entries give some solid semi-technical descriptions. Any teacher of the fine arts will find the volume helpful for teaching and giving program notes. Students ages 12 and up can understand the definitions if they have some knowledge of the field. Middle school libraries up through college could use this reference as well as the general reading public...At the end of appropriate entries there are numerous extra resources, such as lists of major writings and criticisms, anthologies, exhibition catalogs for artists, books of interpretation, documentation in bibliographies, exhibits, recordings, films or videos, and the editor's major references." -- ABRA (American Reference Books Annual) 2001


"Kostelanetz, an independent writer, filmmaker, and performing artist has added 462 pages and an eight-page glossy photo insert to the first edition of this work. Updates include revised entries and bibliographies, entirely new entries, and helpful new name and subject indexes. Covering artists, performers, movements, and styles from music, film, literature, the visual arts, dance, and theatre, the entries demonstrate a unique subjectivity and distinctive flair without sacrificing quality or standards...Kostelanetz's full theory of what is avant-garde emerges as one explores the entries and their Ambrose Bierce-like definitions. The avant-garde aspects of mainstream artists are also investigated. Web-weary students researching avant-garde art will be quick converts to the pleasures of browsing over surfing if guided to this work by au courant librarians. Since the Grove's Dictionary of Art has meager coverage of the avant-garde, this book is recommended for all libraries." -- Library Journal (July 2000)

— Library Journal