Monday, October 19, 2009

kitsch

Apparently I have to read this article Daniel Tiffany wrote about kitsch as the parasite in the body of the avant-garde. In response to my last entry on the Genius Child Orchestra, someone sent me some excerpts from that essay, including this:

'Kitsch is lodged like a foreign body in the overall system of art'... it is 'the element of evil in the value system of art... its relationship to art can be compared--and this is more than a mere metaphor-- to the relationship between the system of the Anti-Christ and the sytem of Christ'.'

[Note: I didn't understand the note sent to me. Tiffany quotes Hermann Brosch, who, typifying the high modernist view of kitsch, makes this argument, setting the stage for Greenberg &Co.]

4 Comments:

Blogger phaneronoemikon said...

'Kitsch is lodged like a green-milk-carrot in the overall √úranus of art'... it is 'the element of livevil in the value system of art... its relationship to art can be compared--and this is more than a mere metaphor-- to the relationship between the system of the Brutus and the sytem of Popeye'.'

3:43 PM  
Blogger Ross Brighton said...

Jesus (no pun intended). I'd have to see the justification for that - it's a massive call.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Lara Glenum said...

Yes, you do. It's called "Kitsching the Cantos." Remind me to send you the PDF.

6:37 PM  
Blogger jwilkin2 said...

Just to note that Tiffany's book Infidel Poetics is terrific, best book on poetics since Blasing's Lyric Poetry.

6:41 PM  

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