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The way we are now – why ‘avant garde’ is now an obsolete term

The Times – God bless 404 Not Found its little cotton socks – has just


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been celebrating the triumphal return of the 1990s as a creative force. “Suddenly contemporary art” it crows, “was part of popular culture. The Royal Academy’s landmark Sensation show in 1997 was a turning point.” It was so indeed, but not exactly in the terms the article intends.

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