At its core, kitsch feels like something less than art; it panders to the middle and is flagrantly anti-art, though it often apes or references art. This referential, ersatz quality is why it’s so fun to collect. The value of kitsch exists in its novelty and in its connotations to more legitimate counterparts.
So, by this definition, you would still have to understand the references to art in the first place, wouldn’t you?
You can find the entire article by the wonderful Carry Brownstein on kitsch in music here.
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