By Cletus Nelson,Adam Parfrey
Teary, big-eyed orphans and a mess of trashy knockoffs epitomized American kitsch paintings as they clogged thrift shops for decades.
When Adam Parfrey tracked down Walter Keanethe credited artist of the weepy waifs, for a San Diego Reader conceal tale in 1992he came across a few surprising evidence. a long time of complaints and countersuits printed the truth that Keane was once extra of a con guy than an artist, and that he pressured his spouse Margaret to signal his identify to her personal work. consequently, these weepy waifs would possibly not were as capricious an invention as they seemed.
Parfrey's tale used to be reprinted in Juxtapoz journal and encouraged a Margaret Keane exhibition on the Laguna artwork Museum. And now director Tim Burton is filming a film in regards to the Keanes referred to as Big Eyes, and it really is scheduled for liberate in 2014. Burton's Ed Wood, starring Johnny Depp, used to be dependent upon the Feral apartment publication edited and released by way of Parfrey concerning the angora sweater-wearing B-film director.
Citizen Keane is a book-length growth of Parfrey's unique article, offering attention-grabbing biographical and sociological info, pictures, colour reproductions, and appendices with criminal records and pseudonymous essays via Tom Wolfe inflating mammoth eye artwork to these painted by means of the nice masters.
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Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes by Cletus Nelson,Adam Parfrey