Monday, 16 July 2012

A Set of Building Blots (C. F. Brown) I

"A traveller in Kitshland will observe that the territory is not neatly circumscribed. Shifting perspectives can alter the boundaries. Nowhere is this clearer than in the region of architecture, where, depending on the point of view, one man's castle can be taken for another man's kitsch.

[...] Architectural kitsch often has the desperate air of someone who, eager to create a striking impression, both speaks and dresses too loudly. 'Look at my fantastic clothes, my fabulous hair style, and my out-of-this-world jewellery. Aren't you staggered at the thought of what it all must have cost?'"

Brown, Curtis F. (1975) Star-Spangled Kitsch. New York: Universe Books. pp 87-88. 

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