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What is ugly? One of the leading cultural commentators of our time- 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 beautifully engineered - a B-52 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? Just what is the relation between tattoos and crime- and why on earth is there a contest for The Ugliest Dog in the World? And lastly- if there was no ugly in the world- would there be any beauty?... Please click here to ask a question
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