Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes by Adam Parfrey, Cletus Nelson PDF


By Adam Parfrey, Cletus Nelson

Teary, big-eyed orphans and a mess of trashy knockoffs epitomized American kitsch artwork 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 conceal tale in 1992—he came upon a few surprising evidence. a long time of proceedings and countersuits printed the truth that Keane used to be extra of a con guy than an artist, and that he pressured his spouse Margaret to signal his identify to her personal work. accordingly, 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's scheduled for liberate in 2014. Burton's Ed Wood, starring Johnny Depp, was once established upon the Feral condominium ebook 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, delivering interesting biographical and sociological information, photos, colour reproductions, and appendices with felony records and pseudonymous essays via Tom Wolfe inflating vast eye artwork to these painted through the good masters.

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If he had had a muse, it was she. 9 Mary was one of nine siblings—four boys, Oscar Lee, Aubrey, Bernice (Ber´-nis), whom everyone called Doodle, and Jack, all older than Mary; an older sister, Katie, who adored Mary; and three younger 47 Medicine’s Michelangelo sisters, Ella, Irene, whom everyone called “Renie,”1 and Evelyn, the baby of the family. Most of their ancestors had settled in coastal North Carolina before the American Revolution. 4 When the Union navy sought to halt the trade in and out of Southern ports, Duncan made and lost a small fortune as a blockade runner.

In the class picture that year, 27 taken outside on the school steps, the students sat all crowded together, Frank in the front row with the class officers, Mary in the second row just behind him and to his left. And as lovers do, they are leaning their bodies ever so slightly toward each other. 28 Dr. Frederick Freed was the clinical professor in obstetrics. He was known for his down-to-earth sensibility, wit and practical application of scientific practices. 29 Of course, if they got into trouble they could call the obstetrician, but most deliveries were normal.

That evening, I was sitting down front in the class, right close to the model who, it just so happened, had assumed what might be called a somewhat licentious pose. It was a hot, muggy night and many of the students looked pretty disheveled, ties off [and] collars open. I heard the door open and I looked around and there was my mother standing in the doorway with the instructor. I could tell by the expression on her face that she already saw me going down the pathway to a dissolute life—that she envisioned me starving in that garret room with a beard Medicine’s Michelangelo and a turtleneck sweater and long hair, whiskey bottles strewn about and nude women draped over the furniture, smoking cigarettes in long holders, as I prepared to cut off my ear.

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