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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.

Kitsch

Work that is pretentious, and in some opinions, in bad taste, It represents applying styles without understanding them. It is part of camp taste that values the outrageous or worst excesses of commercialism..

kitsch

Art or architecture that is sentimental or banal in tone; considered to have little or no aesthetic value.
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There was a kitschiness to them that I think a lot of young people responded to," he suggests.
With their flirtation with Neimanesque kitschiness in this post-Gerhard Richter, post-painting, post-critique-of-representation climate, and with the attitudinal underpinning of Jeff Koons's Versailles romp and Damien Hirst's spin paintings, these pictures appear calibrated for an audience sniffing for clues.
Via clips apparently lifted from Iraqi TV and other domestic sources, Saddam is presented as a peasant thug who has surrounded himself with fellow country bumpkins (many of whom he later bumps off, as he does family members) and is now intent on being remembered, pharaoh-like, for centuries to come through his program of building massive monuments of staggering kitschiness.
This fresh view renders more palatable much of the kitschiness of Dali's work from the 1940s onward and reinforces the values of that sector of fans who, while loving the artist, otherwise detest modern art.
Perhaps the kitschiness of the flower arrangement as subject renders it transparent, stared at but unseen.