RIP Thomas Kinkade, Possibly the World’s Greatest Performance Artist

Thomas Kinkade's "Make a Wish Cottage" Was he actually a genius performance artist?

Last Friday, Thomas Kinkade, self-proclaimed “Painter of Light” died in his Los Gatos, California home at the age of 54. Art Market Monitor muses that perhaps Kinkade’s ultimate place in the canon may be beside Norman Rockwell, whose paintings that were once criticized as being kitsch have recently been re-interpreted as classic American art. There was even a Rockwell exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum last year. But I wonder if instead we’ll unearth evidence that the bucolic landscapes, reproduced as giclées, and sold on QVC, that made Kinkade America’s most-collected living artist were actually a giant performance piece that commented on the art-market, high art v low art, mass production and the business of art even more successfully than the work of Banksy/ Mr. Brainwash, Mark Kostabi, Andy Warhol or Jeff Koons.

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One response to “RIP Thomas Kinkade, Possibly the World’s Greatest Performance Artist

  1. Ha ha! Nice take on Kincade. I think he was just as he was portrayed. However, you have a great idea! Maybe creating a false museum exhibit full of his giclee’s and poor quality prints framed in ikea frames and literelly litering the walls, floors and cieling with them.

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