Pre-Modern Art vs. The Avant-Garde

Pre-Modern Art vs. The Avant-Garde
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Poets and artists of earlier centuries had played with ambiguity and hidden meaning to broaden the reader/viewer’s perceptions. Like avant-garde poets and artists, haiku poets used minimal imagery to foster contemplation of a moment in time. Avant-garde artists, with one eye to their history and the other on the West, could interact or step away from either lineage, and maintain their own identity. Regardless of the antecedents, content or intent, the 20th century Japanese avant-garde visual aesthetic is determinedly its own.

- Hollis Goodall, Curator, Japanese Art (2007)