Sunday, April 8, 2012
What Kind of Artistic Afterlife Will Thomas Kinkade Have?
The self-titled and legally trademarked “Painter of Light” has been extinguished. When the news spread on Saturday that painter Thomas Kinkade had suddenly passed away at the age of 54 of natural causes, it sent a tremor through not necessarily the art world, but more like the art critic world. Obituaries remained for the most part politely silent on Kinkade’s quality as a painter and his questionable business dealings, going by the “speak no ill of the dead” policy rather than dancing on his yet to be dug grave. I’m not much of a dancer and see no point in rehashing past sins, so, instead, I’ll think about Kinkade’s posthumous future. What kind of artistic afterlife will Thomas Kinkade have? Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "What Kind of Artistic Afterlife Will Thomas Kinkade Have?"
[Image: Caspar David Friedrich. The Cross in the Mountains (detail), 1807.]