Museum Celebrates the Release of Big Eyes with Special Price on Margaret Keane Book


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Museum Celebrates the Release of Big Eyes with Special Price on Margaret Keane Book

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Big Eyes, Tim Burton’s much anticipated new movie about artist Margaret Keane, opened on Christmas Day. The story about Walter and Margaret Keane is a compelling one featuring a talented artist who worked in obscurity while her husband received accolades and solicitations from celebrities for “his” campy portraits of women and children, all sporting oversized, plaintive eyes. Margaret Keane ended the marriage in 1965 and fought for the next twenty years to prove that she was the true artist who created the so-called Big Eyes paintings. Laguna Art Museum hosted the first solo exhibition for Margaret Keane in 2000. Margaret Keane and Keaneabilia was curated by Tyler Stallings, and the exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Stallings, LA Weekly’s art critic, Doug Harvey, psychoanalyst Judith E. Vida M.D., as well as Matthew Sweet and Megan Besmirched, who were major collectors of Keane’s paintings. Stallings stated: “I’m interested in why someone like Margaret Keane achieves iconic status when Jackson Pollock, who was painting around the same time, does not. I also like to look at how commercial success influences artists who initially pursue authentic self-expressions, and there’s some of that in Margaret Kean’s crying waifs.” Indeed, the “Keaneabilia” portion of the exhibition showed works by big-eye imitators of the 60s such as Igor and Gig, and contemporary works by Mark Ryden, Dave Burke, Dani Tull, and Lisa Petrucci, all of whom were influenced by Keane. When asked about why she painted figures with big eyes, Keane said: “I was painting my own deepest inner feelings, and I was searching for answers. The eyes were asking “Why, why is there suffering? What is the purpose of life?” Keane continues to paint today, but has abandoned the suffering imagery and instead creates paintings that express joy and happiness. One such work, illustrated in the catalogue is Love Makes a World of Difference, from 1992. “The faces of the children reflect the inner joy and peace I have,” Keane said. “They still have big eyes, but some of them are even laughing.”
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Margaret Keane and Keaneabilia

$25.00 Regular, Now on sale for $10.00
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Margaret Keane and the Keaneabilia was published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name organized by Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach California, where it was presented July 30 to October 15 and November 12 to December 31, 2000. The exhibition was curated by Tyler Stallings, Curator of Exhibitions and was made possible through the generous support of L.A. Eyeworks, Grand Central Art Forum/Robert Weiss Memorial Fund, South Coast Plaza, Sympathy for the Record Industry, Seaside Printing Company, Inc., with additional support from Mother’s Market & Kitchen. This book offers writings from LA Weekly’s art critic, Doug Harvey, psychoanalyst Judith E. Vida M.D., as well as Matthew Sweet and Megan Besmirched. It includes a comprehensive exhibition checklist as well as accompanying images.
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Full color, 36 pages, soft cover, 8 x 8 in.
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Author(s): Tyler Stallings, with Bolton Colburn, Doug Harvey, Judith E. Vida, M.D., Matthew Sweet, and Megan Besmirched.
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Published by Sympathetic Press, 2000
Paperback
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