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Thomas Kinkade The Artist in the Mall

ISBN-10: 0822348527
ISBN-13: 9780822348528
Edition: 2011
Authors: Alexis L. Boylan
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Description: Often featuring lighthouses, bridges, or quaint country homes, Thomas Kinkaders"s soft-focus landscapes have permeated American visual culture during the past twenty years, appearing on everything from bibles, to bed sheets, to Visa cards. The  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 2/17/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Often featuring lighthouses, bridges, or quaint country homes, Thomas Kinkaders"s soft-focus landscapes have permeated American visual culture during the past twenty years, appearing on everything from bibles, to bed sheets, to Visa cards. The self-proclaimed Painter of Lighttrade; has achieved this feat by selling his work in his own shopping-mall galleries and through QVC, the Internet, and Christian stores. Kinkade is quite possibly the most collected artist in the United States. While many art-world and academic critics have dismissed him as a passing fad or marketing phenomenon, the contributors to this collection do not. Instead, they explore his work and its impact on contemporary art as part of the broader history of American visual culture. They consider Kinkaders"s imagery and career in relation to nineteenth-century Currier and Ives prints and Andres Serranors"sPiss Christ, the collectibles market and the fine-art market, the Thomas Kinkade Museum and Cultural Center and "The Village at Hiddenbrooke," a California housing development inspired by Kinkaders"s paintings. The conceptual artist Jeffrey Vallance, curator of the first major museum exhibition of Kinkaders"s art and collectibles, recounts his experiences organizing that show. The contributors bring art historical, visual culture, and cultural studies perspectives to bear as they seek to understand Kinkaders"s significance for both art and his audiences. Along the way, they delve into questions about beauty, class, kitsch, religion, and taste in contemporary art.Contributors Julia Alderson Alexis Boylan Anna Brzyski Seth Feman Monica Kjellman-Chapin Micki McElya Karal Ann Marling David Morgan Christopher Pearson Andrea Wolk Rager Jeffrey Vallance

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Acknowledgments
Introduction
Thomas Kinkade and the History of Protestant Visual Culture in America
Painter of the Right: Thomas Kinkade's Political Art
God in the Retails: Thomas Kinkade and Market Piety
Brand-Name Living from the Painter of Light
Purchasing Paradise: Nostalgic Longing and the Painter of Light
Repetition, Exclusion, and the Urbanism of Nostalgia: The Architecture of Thomas Kinkade
�A Temple Next Door�: The Thomas Kinkade Museum and Cultural Center
Thomas Kinkade's Heaven on Earth
Manufacturing �Masterpieces� for the Market: Thomas Kinkade and the Rhetoric of High Art
Art Ethics: Thomas Kinkade and Contemporary Art
Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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