Artist Thomas Kinkade, whose light-filled Frank Capra-like visions of Americana turned spinster aunts nationwide into art collectors, has died. Kinkade’s family issued a statement Friday indicating the ‘Painter of Light’ died of natural causes. Kinkade’s wife Nanette also said the family was “shocked and saddened by his death.”
The Mercury News reports Thomas Kinkade’s mass-produced visions of a shimmering, mythic bygone America were enormously popular:
The conservative art critic Jed Perl reveals in The New Republic today that, as one might have guessed, he is not a fan of the self-styled Painter of Light, Thomas Kinkade. Mr. Perl adds that there are people that he dislikes almost as much as Mr. Kinkade: the “liberal-spirited or politically correct academics” Read More
Even outside the huge Basel Art Fair, there was a lot going on in the art world this week: A flurry of criticism for the Brooklyn Museum, Thomas Kinkade gets a DUI, and Jeff Koons’ art car breaks. With Damien Hirst looking to displace puppies and Sotheby’s selling off Polaroid’s collection, this was a week Read More
Populist art is always fabulous; elitist, obscure, “serious” art is a big yawn. It’s just that simple. LeRoy Neiman, Andy Warhol, Peter Max, Patrick Nagel: These are color-lovin’, dolce vita funsters whose accessible, upbeat oeuvre can be counted upon to enliven even a squalid, vermin-ridden hovel like yours.
Populist art is, thankfully, never “about” anything Read More