Kitsch, More than Art

Kitsch More than Art Kitsch is Odd Nerdrum s luxuriously produced apologia for the enduring relevance of the old master style Containing writings and interviews by and with Nerdrum alongside hefty plate sections of both N

  • Title: Kitsch, More than Art
  • Author: Odd Nerdrum Jan-Ove Tuv Maria Kreyn Bjørn Li Dag Solhjell Tommy Sørbø
  • ISBN: 9788251636384
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Kitsch is Odd Nerdrum s luxuriously produced apologia for the enduring relevance of the old master style Containing writings and interviews by and with Nerdrum alongside hefty plate sections of both Nerdrum s own paintings and those by painters he sees as exemplars of a certain kind of figurative art, it is a bold attack on the foundations of modernism In Nerdrum s view,Kitsch is Odd Nerdrum s luxuriously produced apologia for the enduring relevance of the old master style Containing writings and interviews by and with Nerdrum alongside hefty plate sections of both Nerdrum s own paintings and those by painters he sees as exemplars of a certain kind of figurative art, it is a bold attack on the foundations of modernism In Nerdrum s view, what we call kitsch art is a consequence of modernism s make it new ethic For Nerdrum, this insistence on novelty has permeated the thinking of institutions, critics, artists and the public, and has effectively suppressed what Nerdrum most values in a work of art sentimentality, passion, pathos and the self evident skill and emotion of sheer craft By this latter value in particular, the kitsch painter is able to work according to knowable standards that painting prior to modernism has established standards that are than art, for, as Nerdrum puts it, the kitsch painter commits himself to the eternal love, death and the sunrise Kitsch is a manifesto that recruits figurative painters both old and new, such as William Dyce, Paul Fenniak, Sampo Kaikkonen, Isaac Levitan, Osiris Rain, Ilya Repin, Giovanni Segantini, Valentin Serov, George Tooker, George Frederick Watts and Anders Zorn, and situates their work alongside than 70 of Nerdrum s recent paintings Alongside essays, poems and plays by the artist, Kitsch contains an extended dialogue on the topic between Nerdrum and Maria Kreyn.

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