Friday, June 13, 2014

HT Mockingbird: Thomas Kinkade's prelapsarian art and his alcoholism

http://www.mbird.com/2014/06/the-drunken-downfall-and-death-of-thomas-kinkade/
from a piece at The Daily Beast

Kinkade's fans have proven that they are willing to overlook his weaknesses because his paintings symbolize the values they aspire to. "I like to portray a world without the fall," he once said.

That might well sum up how we all react to individuals who shape something that embodies what we admire.  Republicans have Reagan, Democrats have Kennedy and in some sense what these men actually did or didn't do in office is almost immaterial to the mythologies crafted around them by those who invested in these men continents of significance.  Should a person embody the ideals we aspire to then it may never matter how far short he or she falls from the point of living those ideals out in actual life 

This doesn't mean that it's not possible for sublime art to come from debauched people.  Mozart comes to mind ... but then I've never much cared for Mozart either ... perhaps there IS something to be said for some artists aspiring to exemplify in their own art those qualities they never managed to realize in their lived lives, though.

1 comment:

R A Holder said...

Guess there were a lot of people that felt the same way about Whitney Houston and her music...they even celebrated her life in a television special. Certainly wasn't a life that I would want my daughter to emulate