Kitsch as Kitsch can...

in creativecoin •  20 days ago 

Normally Kitsch is defined as something decorative and cheap, only liked by people that lack the appreciation of style & beauty.
This qualification is often used by curators and journalists specialized in art in a way that diminishes the value of the artwork in question.
First used during the 19th century in Germany to art that treated subjects in a sentimental and exagerated dramatic way, today to brand a work of art as Kitsch is always looked at as negativ and disqualifies the work as not a real work of art with true artistic merit (whatever that means).

Could it be that these kind of judgements are only made to distinguish the specialists from the ordinary viewers that just like something because it speaks to them...


May be that this lack of sublimation that our art specialists deplore in art categorized as Kitsch is just the barrier between ordinary art loving people and the experts that only access to emotional gratification with some huge intellectual effort...but as "bad taste" has always been more inspiring than the good boring one, the future is wide open and isn't Mickey Mouse this Kitsch figure one of the most popular symbols all over the world?

"Gentle Choleriker"
art & motion by Werner Hornung

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Gentle Choleriker   (689px, 25fps).gif

Kitsch is the contemporary form of the
Gothic, Rococo, Baroque

Frank Wedekind

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The better you look the more you see

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great - I like your view of the subject, something I had always maintained, but you said it best. Do you know that Odd Nerdrum and his followers are proudly labeling themselves as "Kitsch" and are even offended if you call them artists - because of what passes these days as "art". A friend of mine is Boris Koller, friend and former student of Odd Nerdrum, who fiercely proclaims his work as kitsch. He is on Facebook, you might have some interesting conversations with him on the subject.

I read about Nerdrums Kitsch Movement...and therefore the work of Gustave Moreau is a lot of great Kitsch too. I