Kitsch and Art

Kitsch and Art

Description

What is kitsch? What is behind its appeal? More important, what is wrong with kitsch? Though central to our modern and postmodern culture, kitsch has not been seriously and comprehensively analyzed; its aesthetic worthlessness has been generally assumed but seldom explained. Kitsch and Art seeks to give this phenomenon its due by exploring the basis of artistic evaluation and aesthetic value judgments.

Tomas Kulka examines kitsch in the visual arts, literature, music, and architecture. To distinguish kitsch from art, Kulka proposes that kitsch depicts instantly identifiable, emotionally charged objects or themes, but that it does not substantially enrich our associations relating to the depicted objects or themes. He then addresses the deceptive nature of kitsch by examining the makeup of its artistic and aesthetic worthlessness. Ultimately Kulka argues that the mass appeal of kitsch cannot be regarded as aesthetic appeal, but that its analysis can illuminate the nature of art appreciation.


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Details

Author(s)
Tomas Kulka
Format
Paperback | 168 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 12mm | 254g
Publication date
01 Dec 1996
Publisher
Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication City/Country
Pennsylvania, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
9 Halftones, black and white
ISBN10
0271015942
ISBN13
9780271015941
Bestsellers rank
550,319