|An exhibition opening--can you spot the art critics in the crowd?
|Despite the conservative content of his work, Kinkade took a
very Postmodern approach to all other aspects of is career.
"Kinkade's bucolic landscapes represent the cotton candy, the Harlequin Romance, of the art world and, if we're honest, terrify the average art critic to tears. Why? Because Kinkade sold more art than almost anyone. People love the stuff. These hugely popular artists represent the chasm between what art critics do and what most people seem to want."
|Neiman took a shortcut to fame in the 1950s when his
paintings began to appearin Playboy magazine.
Art critics never forgave him for that.
|When an artist can buy and sell his critics several times
over, he tends not to take them too seriously.
"...huge, shiny baubles for billionaires...the readymade crossed with greed, money, creepy beauty and the ugliness of our culture. Haters will hate [it], but a retrospective will allow anyone with an open mind to grasp why Koons is such a complicated, bizarre, thrilling, alien, annoying artist."
"[His works] unavoidably reek of Gilded Age excess, art star hubris and the ever-widening inequality gap that threatens this country...a stunning allée of bizarre Pharaonic splendor. Play-Doh is a new, almost certain masterpiece. There are surprises around every corner. Despite some ups and downs."