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Avant-garde is a French art term used to describe art that is experimental or art that is not confined by the norm or what is culturally acceptable. It is usually independent of current standards, neither conforming nor reactionary to any current set of rules.[1]

The origin of avant-garde is thought to have started on May 17, 1863 when the Salon des Refuses in Paris dispalyed art that was rejected by the annual Paris Salon. [2]


  1. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/avant-garde
  2. http://www.citrinitas.com/history_of_viscom/avantgarde.html