Jeffrey thanks for the links.
I feel so perplexed by the comments following the First Things posts . In particular the comment "I stopped trusting the New York art community when they insisted that Jackson Pollock had something valuable to say with his splattered canvases."
This is to me heartbreaking. Pollock was a 4 page feature in Life magazine in 1949. Pollock's first critical notice was in Art News during a show at the McMillan gallery in New York that ended in February 1942.
This is a period covering 7 decades, the period in which Art in the United States became ascendant. The entire second half of the 20th Century.
It seems to me that Kinkade lies like a well lit fence along the dividing line in the culture wars. It might be because I keep running into people that insist the "cultural elite" are ruining the country, I am not sure, but if we disregard the opinions of knowledgeable professionals because we don't like what they are telling us, where do we go?
We don't seem to have the same issue with engineering and mathematics and they are as mysterious to the uninitiated.
Perhaps as our idea of facts and reality become increasingly maleable it is reassuring to have Thomas Kincade producing vibrant and reassuring pictures.
Edited by draper, 25 June 2009 - 04:05 PM.