Pollock : The Avent Garde Gambit

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Pollock refers the avent-garde gambit as a three-term gameplay: reference, deference, and difference. The avent-garde gambit is a complete contrast to other modern art. Modern art tells the story through individuals and their body and facial expression. As Pollock states: to be marked in the avent-garde gambit with art, you must "relate your work to what 's going on, defer to the existing leader of the work or project which represented the latest move, the last word, or what was considered the definitive statement, and finally establishing a difference which had to be both legible in terms of current aesthetics and criticism ... a definite advance on that current position.” (p.6) Reference gives the audience recognition and a sense of familiarity among peers, and deference and difference forms an ambition and claim measured between the artist and artistic statement that creates a mix of critique and opinions between the audiences. Pollock doesn’t see avent-garde gambit as a complete new modern art culture but as something that is derived and a subpart; like a child to their parent. It is a work that is created based on another existing artwork with the artists’ own personal style. Pollock has stated that she has named the term gambit because aside from how calculative the results of the artwork may be, it’s also a risk to produce and present the creation to the public in such a way. In Gauguin’s work, The Spirit of the Dead is Watching is one of the notable avent-garde…

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