Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes

By Cletus Nelson, Adam Parfrey

Teary, big-eyed orphans and a large number of trashy knockoffs epitomized American kitsch paintings as they clogged thrift shops for decades.

When Adam Parfrey tracked down Walter Keane—the credited artist of the weepy waifs, for a San Diego Reader disguise tale in 1992—he found a few stunning proof. a long time of court cases and countersuits printed the truth that Keane used to be extra of a con guy than an artist, and that he compelled his spouse Margaret to signal his identify to her personal work. accordingly, these weepy waifs won't were as capricious an invention as they seemed.

Parfrey's tale was once reprinted in Juxtapoz journal and encouraged a Margaret Keane exhibition on the Laguna artwork Museum. And now director Tim Burton is filming a film concerning the Keanes known as Big Eyes, and it really is scheduled for unencumber in 2014. Burton's Ed Wood, starring Johnny Depp, used to be dependent upon the Feral condo e-book edited and released by way of Parfrey concerning the angora sweater-wearing B-film director.

Citizen Keane is a book-length enlargement of Parfrey's unique article, delivering attention-grabbing biographical and sociological information, pictures, colour reproductions, and appendices with felony records and pseudonymous essays through Tom Wolfe inflating monstrous eye paintings to these painted through the nice masters.

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