Kitsch, Sacred and Profane: The Question of Quality

Frank Burch Brown

in Good Taste, Bad Taste, & Christian Taste

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195158724
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849567 | DOI:
Kitsch, Sacred and Profane: The Question of Quality

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This chapter looks into how an artistic expression of thirst for God through kitsch would entail quality and it also examines the standards to be used in such an evaluation. Quality is involved because kitsch is usually associated with bad art and bad taste since the term “kitsch” during that time referred to “cheap artistic stuff.” However, the word may also be used to refer to something that some people find good. In this case, when something is kitsch, we are already attempting to recognize ideas of what might make a particular piece of art good or bad. People who think kitsch is good view ideal art as something well-made, heart-warming, and something which entails dreams and meaning. This chapter introduces the concept of kitsch, and explains how sacred kitsch can be seen as something appealing, especially to the religious.

Keywords: kitsch; good art; bad art; cheap artistic stuff; appeal; sacred kitsch; ideal art

Chapter.  14259 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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