‘Big Eyes’ Targets Art Basel Crowd

Big Eyes,” the story of a notorious painting fraud, got a warm embrace from members of the art community on Friday.

The Tim Burton production had a special sneak preview in conjunction with Art Basel, the gathering of collectors, creators, gallery glitterati and Miley Cyrus currently unfolding in Miami.

The picture centers on Walter Keane, who falsely took credit for his wife Margaret’s popular and mass-produced paintings of kids with giant peepers.

Krysten Ritter, who stars in the film, and writer-producer Larry Karaszewski hosted the gathering. Karaszewski
participated in a Q&A after the screening along with Brian Boucher, editor from Art in America, saying the film centered on the intersection of high art and low art. He also drew parallels between Keane’s mass marketing of paintings and Andy Warhol’s pop art.

“At the Keane Gallery in San Francisco, you don’t exit through the gift shop, you enter through it,” Karaszewski said.

An afterparty was held at Edition hotel. The Weinstein Company is clearly targeting artistic tastemakers. In addition to the Art Basel event, dealer Larry Gagosian is hosting a screening in New York this coming Wednesday.

Big Eyes” opens on Christmas Day.

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