Citizen Keane by Adam Parfrey audiobook

Citizen Keane: The Big Lies behind the Big Eyes

By Adam Parfrey and Cletus Nelson
Read by Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9781936239955
3.55 Hours Unabridged
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Teary, big-eyed orphans and a multitude of trashy knockoffs epitomized American kitsch art as they clogged thrift stores for decades. When Adam Parfrey tracked down Walter Keane—the credited artist of the weepy waifs—for a San Diego Reader cover story in 1992, he discovered some shocking facts. Decades of lawsuits and countersuits revealed the reality that Keane was more of a con man than an artist, and that he forced his wife Margaret to sign his name to her own paintings. As a result, those weepy waifs may not have been as capricious an invention as they seemed. Parfrey’s story was reprinted in Juxtapoz magazine and inspired a Margaret Keane exhibition at the Laguna Art Museum. Director Tim Burton made a movie about the Keanes called Big Eyes, which came out in 2014. Citizen Keane is a book-length expansion of Parfrey’s original article, providing fascinating biographical and sociological details.

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Summary

Summary

Teary, big-eyed orphans and a multitude of trashy knockoffs epitomized American kitsch art as they clogged thrift stores for decades.

When Adam Parfrey tracked down Walter Keane—the credited artist of the weepy waifs—for a San Diego Reader cover story in 1992, he discovered some shocking facts. Decades of lawsuits and countersuits revealed the reality that Keane was more of a con man than an artist, and that he forced his wife Margaret to sign his name to her own paintings. As a result, those weepy waifs may not have been as capricious an invention as they seemed.

Parfrey’s story was reprinted in Juxtapoz magazine and inspired a Margaret Keane exhibition at the Laguna Art Museum. Director Tim Burton made a movie about the Keanes called Big Eyes, which came out in 2014.

Citizen Keane is a book-length expansion of Parfrey’s original article, providing fascinating biographical and sociological details.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This stunning investigative report pulls back the curtain of maudlin decorative kitsch to reveal the hedonistic and depraved stylings of a true American mountebank.” Frank Kozik, renowned graphic artist
“Here’s the story of ‘Big-Eyed Art’…I’ve been waiting for this book for twenty-five years.” Long Gone John

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Author

Author Bio: Adam Parfrey

Author Bio: Adam Parfrey

Adam Parfrey is the editor of Apocalypse Culture, Apocalypse Culture II, It’s a Man’s World, and coeditor of Sin-a-Rama. He is the coauthor of Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American SocietyThe Secret Source: The Law of Attraction and Its Hermetic Influence Throughout the Ages, and Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and The Germs. Adam also wrote the compilation Cult Rapture, which contained his early feature article on the crazy Keane story.

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Author Bio: Cletus Nelson

Author Bio: Cletus Nelson

Cletus Nelson is a contributor to books published by Process Media, the Disinformation Company, and Creation Press.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 3.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English