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Wednesday, July 21, 1976

THE MICHIGAN (JAIL Y

Page Seventeen

Creeping kitsch at the Art Fair

By JEFFREY SELBST
13AD TASTE is a creeping
phenomenon, rather like
hysteria. It gathers its advo-
cates silently, sscking them in
under such pseudonyms as "Bi-
centennial patriotism" or
"avant gardism". The fact of
the msatter is, this disease
must he exposed its att of its
slime.
The picture hetoss is an exam-
ple of pure, utnbridled kitsch.
Everything shout it is an at-
front toe the senses. took at it.
Study it carefuttly, if you can
do so swithut ripping uip this
fragile sewsprinst in furv. Peer
this is it: else wicked kitsch.
Let's nest esven discuess the
test, osr whatever it purports
to he, first. Just tlsok at what
it's heanging on! One sof those
old hatracks yousr grandmoesther
gave teo Goodwill hecause it re-
minds her of teenight coesisin
Roger, cosiing in druenk, mis-
took it for Aunt Belle, and it

t opp v ster sen hims (after he
trietee t kiss it) cauesing muclei-
ste freecte res and a cocuession.
ta11, I'M IJUST' stsakietg all
seer 'this is disguesting! lHste-
e.,vs, I muesst conetinute, its the
n., eesof el'aste.
Le,,tus gloss ne-ally uver te
fct that there is a Mickey
Vmsce shir' at else right, hatng-
inn_ uen as ttough for saen, and
-ite-trly s snesne's idea of art.
Tel ustigore that. We wilt not
menettione it. If it kills ues, st-
nn-'et ee'tsster nmoueth.
The rest se the picteure dis-
"~lests s i'tsheknsowneas ('ones-
tee-~, Weest' - Betsy Ross syn-
Is' se.
PTis is a moecst dansgeros treep
tee Fcll sees. It consists sof thicnk-
ineg that esven the plainest of
-ccccustremnus will he made at-
trative tee people if they dis-
eel esv tteenmore promiuent sym-
hels eef estr Repubhlic as port of
t'eier questlieoahledecoration.
'Te calt this abhsurd is an untder-

statemets it it aneonmutt.
5The wvegeeceswheels heneaths the
shiert (tee the right) haeve that
'"tres pineteety'' lsek ahbout
t(sect, wh(ile th)e test itself is a
seort set anuAscetic Oakley disas-
ter. Estee also7 the 1 ssk sen the
sesea'sfact: she is snteerineg,
cc er see gentely at the g rosett.
'ete realizees that it is, in fart,
a horrihle thing.
OUT" IS THlE garment foer a
sees-c 'eece That is a fine qutestioen,
edl teit ose thialtrwillsmost likely
'er li e aswered. It losoks
lik' en e te sef thineg Davy
ep', kee swticldwerrtos a drag
(sell. With ssli'i-tnd cesonskins
c~t),sef coursstse.
Why docl' peop~le insist ten de-
feite tte rvbodies in sects tish-
ices? Thtis g ca r sten n t woueld
nsve r he in style. Th e
stesprsneeteteetlv positioneed lee
ecceselceste the hbosoms, must he
stentheslic osf somesnthing. There
ce sixtneesn sef them - that
ec'l rlyries stet the colonies.
I's-leeips lteyrveoresent the six-
teen most poplcer resort states
its the cotinetry.'fhis is unlikely;
wvere tihat lhenccase, they woeuld
hbeize in neou.
MY GUESS is thsat the staers

-re ra-ereelike aCe eslellees1i:set,
ansd dra-ewseas Iicleevre. Leok clesse-
lv. loeyesesnest senelihe consnl-
lionctewhich gives ussthe zodic
segnss oflDecihel, the Electric
Gti-'v? Insicie each geitar, ces
et seen-, repeoeese theck Stears,
Moiso seacsntst secHenderix, immoesr-
sa~eelic init Ieceven. Noesweyost
keecee why thse weomacne is sneer-
seep. She cwcs hborn uendere'le
sign ofsetPeetcr Mesel eandlMaey.
Let ussferv ently hteth-ctis nous
enterprvisintg photoegrapher, loosk-
isg Peer aemeesement eel this
yer'vs Art -'air, still heethbnetee
snaep a essvealineg (aend slighst-
Iy naseaseting) pictueevacs this.
Let usthope thal the day hes

.eeee\v)ee kits-s \sillsees longer
les -(" w s s- Peste, or even
t~ 5 t t.e a eeescv ieet, let's not
' k tee 'et~h.
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True kitsch

Ann Arbor awaits
Art Fair onslaught
eCoscenOted m 5Pagn 2) and an opportunity foer Itertici-
TII E C I TY administration pants tee promote their heit-
djees noat foresee any major Ilts," lhe added.
hitches, hoswever.
-'We've had very good co- "IT'S VERY widely knowsn,"
operation thus far," said Mayor Wheeler continued wth pride.
Albert Wheeler, who plans to "Five months ago I got a letter
"hit all three of the fairs.'- from someone in_ XMississipspi in-
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