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You must neither completely nor partially copy the art of others. If so, you will be producing kitsch.

— Hermann Broch, author

Kitsch and the Self: The Virtues of a Limited Voice

There is a general impression that self-expression is liberating. However, the culture’s obsession with the self and the requirement of personal expression can in fact be limiting and pressuring as well. Students at art academies – that is, classical academies – are concerned ...



By Carl W. Korsnes
Overcoming the Germanification of Europe

A student of mine met an old art collector at an art fair. They exchanged a few words and the collector agreed to visit the young man's studio. The old collector struggled up all the stairs to the young painter’s loft  studio, but was at last at the doorstep.

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By Odd Nerdrum
Late Rembrandt: The Unknown Influence

Rembrandt van Rijn is known for many things. In popular culture: his painting The Night Watch, among painters: his depiction of Light against darkness  and finally, among art-historians  the refusal of adapting to technical rules -...



By Öde Spildo Nerdrum
Meet the American painter and Kitsch-author Luke Hillestad

Luke Hillestad is a classical figurative painter living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was introduced to the new understanding of “kitsch" by reading the book “On Kitsch” in 2007. He then studied with Odd Nerdrum in 2008. Following some years of natural skepticism towards the connotative synony...



By World Wide Kitsch

What is Kitsch?