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THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES.

How the avant-garde thinks and lives.

Editorial: Lead Kitty Bolhoefer / Filming & Photos: Fridolin Schöpper / Editing: Konterfei / Music: BUNNYSTRIPES

Pioneers that are ahead of their time.

What constitutes avant-garde today? Who are the movement’s protagonists? What drives them – and thus the notion of what is avant-garde?  THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES , a digital interview magazine paints an audiovisual picture of international pioneers that are ahead of their time – in their very own way.

Their thoughts and actions explore new frontiers inspire and question conventions. In short clips, the people featured in THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES offer glimpses of their own work, mindset or lifestyle and introduce objects, concepts, places and people that – in their own eyes – truly embody the avant-garde.

Jeffrey Deitch explains why sculptor and artist Theaster Gates is a true pioneer of the arts.

One of these protagonists is Jeffrey Deitch (58), a New York gallery owner and director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Visionary to the core, Deitch was among the first to connect the exponents of the US art scene, offering guidance, friendship and gallery space to artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yoko Ono, Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel and Vanessa Beecroft. Back in the 1970s, the characteristically clad curator – think tailored suit and horn-rimmed glasses – became deeply obsessed with art and frequently caused a public outcry with his daringly disturbing exhibitions.

Throwing off the shackles of artistic dictate, Deitch liked to (re-)define what is contemporary and avant-garde – turning his curated shows into veritable crowd pullers and blockbuster successes.

"The definition of Avantgarde is changing."

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Theaster Gates toys with conventions and moves the boundaries of his chosen genre.

As part of THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES, Deitch reminisces about the 1970s art scene and explains the revolution of today’s increasingly blurred boundaries between true avant-garde and progressive, thus (according to Deitch) mainstream art and culture. This vision is shared by Theaster Gates, an artist selected by Jeffrey Deitch for THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES as a true paragon of the avant-garde and someone who has redefined the role of the artist. No friend of pigeonholes, Gates works as a sculptor, urban planner, musician and teacher. His oeuvre and depictions focus on transformations, shifted perspectives and skewed conventions to move and replace real or imagined boundaries

For more information on this meeting of minds and the shared visions of Jeffrey Deitch and Theaster Gates, please visit:  THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES


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