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p. 984. The avant-garde and revolutionlocked

  • David Cottington


Eugène Delacroix's painting Liberty Leading the People of 1830 is arguably the most enduring image of revolutionary insurrection in the history of art. Artworks such as this mean that the idea of the avant-garde has become almost inseparable from that of political activism. This understanding of the avant-garde as culturally and politically activist on the left is both incomplete and partisan. ‘The avant-garde and revolution’ shows that the avant-garde owes its present ubiquity in some areas to the political upheavals of the late 1960s, either side of the Cold War.

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