Abstract Expressionism at The Royal Academy of Arts

There’s a scene in Tim Burton’s 2012 movie Big Eyes, set in the late 1950s, in which the owner of an art gallery owner specializing in the abstract paintings of the era is disgusted to observe the success of a gallery across the street, which is devoted to the work of Margaret Keane. Because Keane’s wide-eyed waifs, as shown below, came out of nowhere to become a cultural sensation in the pre-internet era that’s now hard to imagine. These sad kids were everywhere, with inexpensive prints driving wide adoption and the paintings themselves becoming fetishistic objects of the rich and famous. Never one to let a cultural phenomenon go unremarked, Andy Warhol observed of the cheap prints that “I think what Keane has done is just terrific. It has to be good. If it were bad, so many people wouldn’t like it.” Hard to argue with

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