Reproduction Businesses of Thomas Kinkade's painting
When I read the article by Susan Orlean, I am very aware of the big business Thomas Kinkade is trying to create by reproducing his original paintings mechanically using digital technique, but I have also carefully examined whether this article which discusses about the reproduction of his art works has a correlation with Walter Benjamin's essay "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction". A certain emotion or an "aura" is said to be present when an artist creates an art work. However, some of the reproduction pieces inside Kinkade's signature gallery are highlighted by his specially trained assistant; I believe these paintings are no longer evoking this so-called "aura" of the original work. Aura is something that cannot be duplicated. Reproductions of art pieces are simply tangible and concrete object. They are digital imitations that "could be soaked in water, peeled off the paper, and affixed to a stretched canvas, so that it showed the texture of the canvas the way a real painting would." As Benjamin stated, "
the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be." The original paintings have their own unique characters and history, and these are not the things that art reproductions can generate. "The presence of the original is the prerequisite to the concept of authenticity." To recreate an original masterpiece such as Kinkade's "Julianne's Cottage", and to print it onto the canvas takes away its original beauty and changes it into an everyday, insignificant object. Although highlights of the paintings are done to entails stippling paint dots to give an image "more texture and luminescence", but Glenda, one of the highlighter mentioned in the article would even allow customers to perform the highlights themselves, these reproductions are no longer authentic, it is...
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