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July 1, 2012 |
SAN JOSE - Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light™, spent his last two years legally separated from his wife of nearly three decades and struggling with alcoholism. Now, the $60-million-plus estate of America's most collected artist - master of the prayer garden and the glowing cottage - is at the center of a nasty legal battle complete with two wills, two women and two very different images of the painter's last wishes. Nanette Kinkade, his estranged wife, and Amy Pinto, who says she and Kinkade were planning a Fiji wedding before his death at age 54, are locked in a dispute over the disposition of his fortune - as well as his remains.
June 14, 2012 |
The legal battle over the estate of Thomas Kinkade received a hearing earlier this week in a court in San Jose, with the artist's estranged wife squaring off against Kinkade's girlfriend, who was living with him at the time of his death in April. The hearing was held to decide whether the estate fight will be held in open court or in private arbitration. Amy Pinto-Walsh, the artist's girlfriend, has submitted to the court a handwritten document that she says shows Kinkade bequeathed her his mansion and $10 million to establish a Thomas Kinkade Museum, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
June 14, 2012 |
If one were to flay a wayward Muppet - perish the thought! - one might end up with something like an Anna Betbeze painting. Ragged and furtively riddled with holes, her large, shaggy expanses of woven wool are distressed and stained in myriad colors from earthy to acid. The four works on view at François Ghebaly are beguiling, not only because they evoke monsters and shag carpeting, but because they so thoroughly fuse the grotesque with the Arcadian. A circle of mottled rust and green shag ringed in an almost-sunny yellow, “Sunspot” is a much more tactile version of the cosmic phenomenon suggested by its title; it also resembles a gangly, hirsute sunflower.
May 8, 2012 |
Thomas Kinkade, the popular painter who died in April at age 54, was killed by an accidental overdose of alcohol and Valium, according to the medical examiner of Santa Clara County, Calif. The autopsy report of the artist, which was released Monday, stated that Kinkade died of "acute ethanol and Diazepam intoxication" and that the death was accidental. Diazepam is an anti-anxiety drug that is found in prescription Valium. Kinkade died April 6 at his home in Monte Sereno, a community near Los Gatos in the Bay Area.
April 23, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- The old "contents may have shifted during flight" warning seemed especially worrying for "One Man, Two Guvnors," the London smash from the National Theatre of Great Britain that opened last week on Broadway. Although the play by Richard Bean is a freehand adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's 18th century classic "The Servant of Two Masters," a commedia-dell'arte-inspired romp with timeless bona fides, not everyone was certain whether the production's British humor style would tickle American audiences. Well, to go by the gales of laughter pouring out of the Music Box Theatre on West 45th Street, the gags, jokes and pratfalls, under the unerring direction of Nicholas Hytner (with assistance from "physical comedy director" Cal McCrystal)
April 23, 2012 |
The death of Thomas Kinkade earlier this month at the age of 54 left behind many unanswered questions. Now comes a report of a brewing legal skirmish between the popular artist's wife and his girlfriend. The Los Gatos Patch in Santa Clara, Calif., recently reported that Kinkade's wife, Nanette, has filed a restraining order against the artist's live-in girlfriend, Amy Pinto-Walsh. Kinkade was separated from his wife at the time of his death and was apparently living with Pinto-Walsh.