- Hardcover: 375 pages
- Publisher: Schibsted Forlag (30 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8251636388
- ISBN-13: 978-8251636384
- Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 3.6 x 28.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,049,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kitsch More Than Art Hardcover – 30 Sep 2011
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In this book contains a collection of his work, but also contains work many other realist artists.
It is set out like a catalogue for the most part, with sections of single page reproductions (some full page, some with a boarder, a a few two to a page) and sections of text...containing essays, interviews and quotes.
I find the text most enjoyable.
Nerdrum being a realist tradition painter offers a definition of such work as kitsch, separating realists with a passion for tradition and craftsmanship with an ongoing pursuit of excellence and emotional power from the event of art with its focus on originality (ie. does not imitate nature and spontaneous expression...or as my favourite quote puts it "art is the tap ...kitsch is the waterfall..He also examine the philosophers whose work inspired origins of the 20th Century art movements... If you are interested in realism or the modern art movement, the text itself is a really easy, interesting read which I have only begun to delve into.
The paintings are beautifully reproduced upon good quality paper and great colour...going to be a favourite reference and inspiration in my library.
(If you are looking for a pure catalogue of Nerdrums work, I would tend to favour Odd Nerdrum "Themes")
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First of all, this is a great looking book. Classic linen spine with leather title badge. Beautifully printed, lots of high quality full color reproductions of Nerdrum's work, new and old. Compared to Odd Nerdrum: Themes and Odd Nerdrum: Paintings, Sketches, and Drawings, this book does have some overlap with the images offered, but the majority of Nerdrum's work depicted here is not seen in the other books. Also, some of the work here seems less polished than work we've seen previously. Not inferior (not at all) but different. One gets the impression that work compiled in his previous books were selected very carefully to depict certain themes (obviously, the recent book being called 'Themes'). Some of the new work here would probably not fit in very well amongst some of the other paintings. For instance, one of Nerdrum's paintings here has an airplane in the sky. Really, it does. Nothing wrong with it, it just wouldn't fit with a lot of his desolate landscapes. Also depicted are several new still lifes (mostly fowl), new landscapes and of course many new figure paintings including self portraits. Many pictures of work by Nerdrum's students is here too. Some better than others, of course, but all very nice. An account of Nerdrum's school is also given which gives insight into Nerdrum's practices both as a painter and a teacher.
The 'Kitsch' text in this book is also very good. Though the book was not originally published in English, the language is very natural and easy to follow. (Unlike some translations which end up with awkward sentences and difficult rhythms.) Lots of insight about Nerdrum, and of course Kitsch, is offered here for the first time. If you're well educated with Nerdrum and have had discussions with any of his students, very little will actually be 'new.' But don't let that turn you off, as several interviews with Nerdrum, as well as poems and essays by Nerdrum himself, are also included for the first time. Again there is some overlap with his previous Kitsch book On Kitsch, but not so much that it becomes a problem.
The book was a great deal, and I'm proud to have it on my art shelf.