Cute and Creepy
Carrie Ann Baade and Nancy E. Hightower
- $19.95 paperback (9781889282244) Add to Cart
- hardcover not available
- Published: August 2011
- Subject Listing: Contemporary Art
- Bibliographic information: 68 pp., 106 color illus., 8.5 x 10 in.
- Distributed for: Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University
Cute and Creepy revels in the genre of the macabre in contemporary art, celebrating dark art and Pop Surrealists. To see the beauty in the carnivalesque or macabre, in freaks and in monsters, is a matter of aesthetics. It is for a daraing audience, an audience open to exploring the strange beauty and the ecstasy inherent in our culture's aversions.
"The grotesque is not a thing in itself. It's not a genre or trope or an 'ism' that can be qualified by a time period. It is an operation, a process that occurs when one is caught in between a moment of humor and horror, or horror and beauty - held in perfect suspension so that neither overrides the other. We are left in momentary paralysis, unsure of what to think, unable to look away." - Nancy Hightower
Revelatory Monsters: Deconstructed Hybrids, The Grotesque, and Pop Surrealism / Nancy E. Hightower
Scott C. Brooks
Richard A. Kirk
Christian Rex Van Minnen
"An impressive and valuable catalog. . . . you can't resist gawking, which is just right, since gawking is what the show and catalog are all about. . . . Lush descriptions and scholarly references bring validity to an art style that in the past has been criticized as being kitchy or lowbrow." -Gabrielle Reed, ARLIS, 2012, July/August 2012