Why Art Became Ugly: An Analysis

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The world we live in is related to technology. It seems like everything is increasingly better. The industrial revolution brought a lot of material benefits. However the inventions made possible the production of exploitative commercial objects. In that circumstance appeared the phenomenon of “kitsch”. The term was derived from German verb “verkischten” which means: “to cheapen”, “to sentimentalize”. Translated from German to Romanian “kitsch” means trash. This meaning was given by right because describes cheap and inferior artwork. In the context of art, “kitsch” refers to fake, superficial and distasteful work. Furthermore the term is applied to music, movies, literature and even politics. The imitations of famous masterpieces like Mona Lisa or antique sculptures correspond to classical examples of kitsch. Supplementary we can add specimens like Barbie Doll, Bollywood movies, indie…show more content…
They are concerned more in being unique in a rebellious way. They try to be avant-garde. They push the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm. Actually the situation is more than alarming. The works of art which are negative, pervert and ridiculous seem to be over appreciated. Stephen Hicks describes in his article “Why Art Became Ugly” this attitude as “… a demand for the recognition of the truth that the world is not beautiful. The world is fractured, decaying, horrifying, depressing, empty and ultimately unintelligible.” In order to illustrate how terrible the situation is, l would like to take the following case as an example: an art exhibition in 2000 asked patrons to place a goldfish in a blender and then turn the blender on. This procedure was made just to illustrate – art as a life reduced to indiscriminate liquid entrails. Can we accept this cruelty like art? Did the result bring something significant? Obviously, no! And it is time to recognize that being extravagant is not a solution to avoid
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