In his essay “L’artiste, le savant et l’industriel” or “The artist, the scientist and the industrialist,” dated 1825, Saint Simonian Olinde Rodrigues used the term Avant-garde in a manner each of us would recognize today and called upon artists to “serve as [the people’s] avant-garde”.  Rodrigues believed “the power of the arts is indeed the most immediate and fastest way” of achieving social, political and economic reform.  What I will be doing in the following few posts is examine this notion of Avant-garde with the point of view expressed earlier the we are currently experiencing a default, or cul de sac, in artistic endeavor as a means of advancing reform.

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