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Kitsch the World of Bad Taste [Hardcover]

G. Dorfles
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Value Pub (Dec 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517163403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517163405
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,102,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book by Gillo Dorfles

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Not sure if this is the same book as Kitsch- an anthology of bad taste which is what I was after by the same author but this book arrived in perfect condition. It had no cover casing which was not mentioned. Arrived on time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A desert-island book 10 Dec 2001
By Dotti Webb - Published on
This is one of my favorite books of all time. It is a copiously illustrated collection of essays by multiple authors, including Aleksa Celebonovic, Clement Greenberg, Hermann Broch, Ludwig Giesz, John McHale, Karl Pawek, Lotte Eisner, Ugo Volli, Vittorio Gregotti, and Gillo Dorfles. Though the pictures are somewhat annoying, the essays are truly thought-provoking, especially the one by Hermann Broch.
In "Kitsch: The World of Bad Taste," Dorfles and the essayists probe into the psychological cravings for kitsch, and offer some disturbing conclusions. Film, tourism, art, religion, politics, and pornography are covered in the selections.
This is a book to which I turn, time and again, when I feel overwhelmed by the tasteless tides of popular culture.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kitch in a Broader Sense 9 Aug 2010
By Rune Rindel Hansen - Published on
This is an interesting book. It's interesting also by the fact that it was published in the late 60's. Kind of before kitch became too cool. Gillo Dorfles has the interesting view point that kitch is actually a side effect of the industrialized mass production society. The book mentions that the notion of what kitch is changes from time to time. Many of the important rituals surrounding our lives, like wedding, christening, are, according to Gillo Dorfles, actually kitch events. Interesting is it also that totalitarian regimes, like Nazism or communism, most often prefers an artistic expression which is kitch. In modern times it's almost impossible to depict the human body in sculpture without it becomming kitch. Also historic films, especially the somewhat dated history, and historic films about famous persons, almost invariably, becomes kitch. I kind of like kitch, I find it a bit hard to distinguish between "Art" and "Kitch".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Taste and How To Recognize It 26 Dec 2013
By Cherryl Walker - Published on
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Why is a naked woman, draped in a diaphanous wisp of cloth, playing a violin on the seashore as storm waves are rolling in? In KITSCH, you will learn how the (deep breath) commercialization of religion, sentiment, and culture leads to the creation of material items -- from comic books to cement lawn figures (and then some) -- that are in very bad taste. Remember, though, that one person's bad taste is another one's art. But it is worthwhile to learn the general consensus about bad taste to begin with!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A treatise on crap 20 Oct 1998
By PaulinBoston - Published on
If you can slug your way through the often bloated academic text, this book will provide many insights into the nature and history of pseudo-art or "kitsch." Essays by various commentators expose bad taste across the gamut of popular culture: visual and performing arts, film, architecture, religion, advertising, even recreation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This book is worth looking for 22 Aug 1998
By Brad McCormick - Published on
This book is well worth trying to get a copy of. The lead essay is a meditation on the difference between kitsch and genuine art, by Hermann Broch. This essay alone is well worth the effort to find the book.
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