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What is ugly? One of the leading cultural commentators of our times, Stephen Bayley, takes us on a journey of discovery by skillfully weaving centuries of art and design history into a discourse on the nature of beauty and its polar opposite, ugly.
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Perfection, or No Dirt and Mess in Heaven; Ugly Science, or Good Maths, Bad Results; Manners, or the Ugly Customer; Heaven and Hell; or Cleanliness, Godliness and their Opposites; When Nature is Ugly, or Monument Valley and I-35; Kitsch, or the Intoxication of Bad Taste; Rubbish, or the Zen of Crap; What's Wrong with Beauty, or Unnatural Selection; Form Follows Feeling, or the Tropes Don't Work; Advertising, or Ugliness Sells Badly.

About the Author

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 has also worked as a design consultant for among others; Ford, Absolut Vodka, The Coca-Cola Company, Volkswagen, BMW and Harvey Nichols. As an out-spoken authority on art and design he frequently appears on television and regularly contributes to numerous newspapers and magazines.

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