Frequently Asked Questions about Kitsch

Isn’t kitsch just a style? I mean, kitsch painters seem to just want to copy Odd Nerdrum.
There is a pervasive view that Kitsch is a club or a “lodge society,” but many have been labeled as “kitsch” throughout the day, like Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Kollwitz and Repin. Some even embraced kitsch, like Richard Strauss. The principles found in kitsch goes as far back as antiquity, and concerns the values that were cast out from Art. However “culty” that seems, “accidental kitsch” will clarify that it is not.
Why defend the classical values through a word like kitsch? Everything is allowed, we live in a postmodern world.
Ok, then kitsch is not a problem.
The nazis promoted kitsch. Are you guys nazi’s?
Actually, the nazi’s favored many artists and Goebbels was a pro-modernist. But this is an irrelevant question. Next.
Why call it “kitsch?” We, the figurative painters are the true artists!
Well congratulations! It has been rumoured that the figurative painting market is on the brink of a boom… good luck!
What is the difference between being a figurative artist and a kitsch painter?
Think of Lucian Freud’s ironic approach as contemporary figuration. Now, where would you put Andrew Wyeth’s dark and sentimental paintings?
There’s the difference.
I’m confused. Isn’t real art sincere and kitsch fake art?
Your’re not confused, you´re absolutely right!
If kitsch is not art, why do kitsch painters show in art galleries?
So you don’t think kitsch can exhibit beside art? Totalitarian attitude…
Even kitsch painters need money – for Chinese Vermillion.
Does kitsch imply a specific technique?
Yes, have you ever heard about the blue color plot? It is a bit unclear, but around 300 B.C., following the discovery of cobalt blue, a coherent group of painters swore to tradition, and conspired to blow up the mining fields, but were discovered, and thus executed.
Allthough it is considered a myth today, many painters still hold on to that story. Some people within kitsch society even prohibit any use of the color blue, and are said to have prosecuted fellow members on such grounds, resulting sometimes even with death. These painters follow an old tradition, reaching as far back as Apelles in Ancient Greece, who’s bloodline is rumoured to have crossed great names in history, such as Velasquez and Rembrandt van Rjin. The story goes that they are protecting an old color tradition, known only to a few today.
Isn’t Kitsch really about not being sincere? You know… making things only for the masses… to make money… capitalist art!
Of course, we did not choose this profession to be poor, did we? When I was young I thought everything was about money. Now that I am older I know it is. Yes, Wilde sad that.
Is the appropriation of kitsch a way to avoid the truly critical approach of Art critics?
If that was only true… but on the contrary, it becomes so much harder. The critic is forced to readjust himself and judge the kitsch work solely on the quality of the handcraft and the story of the image. Talk about complicating things for oneself!
“Art,” “kitsch”… can’t we just paint and leave the words to the critics? I mean, who cares about the critics. Great Artists don’t care about what the critics say!
If you call it “art,” then you do care about words.
But “kitsch”… it’s such a bad word…
And so was “baroque” and so was “impressionism.” The connotation of words change, and so should you and your attitude.