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Thursday, October 16, 2008
ArtReview Power 100 List: Thomas Kinkade?
ArtReview magazine has published the 2008 Power 100 list
The ArtReview Power 100 list for 2008 had many of the usual faces. Damien Hirst, Jay Jopling, Jeff Koons… and so on. However, the 100th position is an oddity to say the least-- even as far as humor is concerned. Some readers may recall that in 2006 ArtReview placed Google in the 100th slot. That choice was kind of amusing, but at least Google has played a role in the art world. Apparently ArtReview felt that Thomas Kinkade, Mr. Painter of Light, deserved some sunshine of a different nature this year. I realize that ArtReview has some fun with their annual Power 100 list, but the choice of Thomas Kinkade? Thomas Kinkade! To think that all this time I thought Kinkade's reach was limited to the home shopping crowd and crowded yard sales. Wow.