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The Simulacral Avant-Garde

When you set aside the theoretical wrapping paper, postmodernism resolves into an attempt to keep the avant-garde franchise going even after it had become apparent that the avant-garde was a spent force. The solution was to define the reversal of everything the avant-garde had stood for as avant-garde. Thus, the negation of the negation, could be made to appear, if not heroic, than at least perverse, the “ironic” affirmation of banality, subversive.