What is ugly? One of the leading cultural commentators of our times, Stephen Bayley, takes us on a journey of discovery by skilfully weaving centuries of art and design history into a discourse on the nature of beauty...and its polar opposite, ugly. Is ugliness only skin-deep, or can something that is outwardly beautiful - a B52 bomber or a Colt.45 - also be ugly, if its function is to kill or to maim? What was "Degenerate Art" and why was it deemed such? Why are mountains seen as sublime expressions of nature, when only two hundred years ago they were regarded as loathsome things to be avoided at all costs? Why on earth is there a contest for "The Ugliest Dog in the World"? If there was no ugly in the world, would there be any beauty? Stephen Bayley in his engaging and at times tongue-in-cheek style answers these questions to reveal...well you just need to read this beautifully illustrated book to find out the ugly truth!


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Stephen Bayley is one of the world's best-known commentators on design and popular culture, and is also a bestselling author. In the early 1980s he headed up the Boilerhouse Project at the Victoria and Albert Museum - Britain's first permanent exhibition of design - and later became Chief Executive of the Design Museum in London. He also worked as a design consultant for among others; Ford, Absolut Vodka, The Coca-Cola Company, Volkswagen, BMW and Harvey Nichols. As an outspoken authority on art and design he frequently appears on television and regularly contributes to numerous newspapers and magazines.

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  • : 9781906863470
  • : FIELL
  • : FIELL
  • : October 2012
  • : 240mm X 185mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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