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Kitsch. German term meaning rubbish or pretentious trash, anything that is shoddy, tawdry, mawkishly sentimental, and in bad taste. When applied to any of the arts it means something that is false, superficial, and a spurious imitation of real artistic creations, so implies that Kitsch art apes something without any understanding or depth whilst at the same time endeavouring to please, soothe, and reassure. However, it has also been described as the cultural revenge of the proletariat, and has been identified as part of Camp taste that values the outrageously hideous for its own sake. Much architectural Post-Modernism possessed Kitsch-like aspects (notably the allusions to Classicism made without any evidence of scholarship), but some designers have deliberately introduced reflections of Kitsch in their work for populist commercial reasons.

Bibliography

C. Brown (1976);
Dorfles (ed.) (1969);
Giesz (1971);
Saisselin (1985);
Steinberg (ed.) (1975);
Sternberg (1971);
P. Ward (1991)

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kitsch [Ger.,=trash], term most frequently applied since the early 20th cent. to works considered pretentious and tasteless. Exploitative commercial objects such as Mona Lisa scarves and abominable plaster reproductions of sculptural masterpieces are described as kitsch, as are works that claim artistic value but are weak, cheap, or sentimental. A museum of kitsch was opened in Stuttgart.

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kitsch / kich/ • n. art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way: the lava lamp is an example of sixties kitsch| [as adj.] kitsch decor. DERIVATIVES: kitsch·i·ness n.kitsch·y adj.

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kitsch art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way. The word comes (in the 1920s) from German.

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kitschbewitch, bitch, ditch, enrich, fitch, flitch, glitch, hitch, itch, kitsch, Mitch, pitch, quitch, rich, snitch, stitch, switch, titch, twitch, which, witch •Redditch • Greenwich • eldritch •ostrich • backstitch • hemstitch •topstitch • Shostakovich • tsarevich •Sandwich •dipswitch, Ipswich

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