No Wave

North American avant-garde movement in music and cinema. The term is rarely extended to painting and sculpture. The movement was peculiar to New York City, specifically the Lower East Side ca. 1978-1981.

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North American avant-garde movement in music and cinema. The term is rarely extended to painting and sculpture. The movement was peculiar to New York City, specifically the Lower East Side ca. 1978-1981. The music is characterized by harsh dissonance, unstudied musicianship, and the aggressive attitudes of its performers. Musicians and visual artists often appeared as actors in films, usually fictional narratives shot with Super 8 sound film.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300266314. The J. Paul Getty Trust.