Wednesday, April 11, 2012


 FROM: Reflections on Thomas Kinkade, "Painter of Light" and Accidental Avant-Gardist

DATE: April 10th, 2012

Dear Mr. Davis.

Don't you think that defining PETER MAX as a "schlock" is perhaps a bit too harsh?.

Obviously, art has an intrinsic code for professionals of the industry, and different techniques have diverse levels of skill and difficulty, that I do understand, but chastising PETER MAX as cheap and trashy, is staining more than 50 years of American history and the personal taste and selection of  huge amount of people all over the world that seem to love his artwork.

Perhaps, Mr. MAX has become a little too commercial, I might grant that, but some credit must be given to him, since for some reason he has been around for a while, and is still working and selling his pieces, which also makes him a great Marketeer. Finally, I opine that art is like religion, to discuss about it is pointless and yet billions of human beings follow it in a different shape or form and what for you is tacky,  for me can be a pleasure to the eyes and a nostalgia filled artwork.

Finally, I think that the adjective you used is harsh and offensive to many of us collectors or owners of Max's pieces, and I am sure same thing could be expressed for Mr. Kinkaide's,  or the extravagant and sometimes overboard and "schlock" Mr. Dali , yet he is universally revered as one of the greatest.


Ed Gugliotta

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