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Teary, big-eyed orphans and a multitude of trashy knockoffs epitomized American kitsch art as they clogged thrift stores for decades.
When Adam Parfrey tracked down Walter Keane—the credited artist of the weepy waifs—for a San
Diego Reader cover story in 1992, he discovered some shocking facts. Decades of lawsuits and countersuits revealed the reality that Keane was more of a con man than an artist, and that he forced his wife Margaret to sign his name to her own paintings. As a result, those weepy waifs may not have been as capricious an invention as they seemed.
Parfrey’s story was reprinted in Juxtapoz magazine and inspired a
Margaret Keane exhibition at the Laguna Art Museum. Director Tim Burton made a movie about the Keanes called Big Eyes,
which came out in 2014.
Keane is a book-length expansion of Parfrey’s original article, providing fascinating biographical and sociological details.
|Publisher:||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Nelson is a contributor to books published by Process
Media, the Disinformation Company, and Creation Press.