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Odd Nerdrum: Kitsch, More than Art Hardcover – September 30, 2011
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First of all, this is a great looking book. Classic linen spine with leather title badge. Beautifully printed, lots of high quality full color reproductions of Nerdrum's work, new and old. Compared to Odd Nerdrum: Themes and Odd Nerdrum: Paintings, Sketches, and Drawings, this book does have some overlap with the images offered, but the majority of Nerdrum's work depicted here is not seen in the other books. Also, some of the work here seems less polished than work we've seen previously. Not inferior (not at all) but different. One gets the impression that work compiled in his previous books were selected very carefully to depict certain themes (obviously, the recent book being called 'Themes'). Some of the new work here would probably not fit in very well amongst some of the other paintings. For instance, one of Nerdrum's paintings here has an airplane in the sky. Really, it does. Nothing wrong with it, it just wouldn't fit with a lot of his desolate landscapes. Also depicted are several new still lifes (mostly fowl), new landscapes and of course many new figure paintings including self portraits. Many pictures of work by Nerdrum's students is here too. Some better than others, of course, but all very nice. An account of Nerdrum's school is also given which gives insight into Nerdrum's practices both as a painter and a teacher.
The 'Kitsch' text in this book is also very good. Though the book was not originally published in English, the language is very natural and easy to follow.Read more ›
One puzzling oddity to report is the censorship of his painting "Self-Portrait as a Criminal" which appears at the front of the book with a white rectangle covering his erect (?) phallus. Was that necessary?
It's an interesting research showing that humans can understand contemporary concepts but still inside the same, always sharing your human nature, so, we like beauty, in the past, now or in the future. If dadaists killed art, at least some gave credit to that, it lives like ever and we can call it "kitsch" :-D
The book was a great deal, and I'm proud to have it on my art shelf.
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Let's be honest here, this is not a good book. It is not a reflection on Nerdrum's talent but a criticism of the book. Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by Sam