New York

Marc Handelman

Jane Lombard Gallery

In “Warm White Blizzard,” his first New York solo show, Marc Handelman issued a direct challenge to Thomas Kinkade for the official title “Painter of Light.” According to his website, Kinkade is “America’s most collected living artist,” sold in malls all over the country and present in one out of every twenty American homes—which is to say that his works represent, for many Americans, an idea of how the perfect landscape painting should look. For Handleman, Kinkade is the bastard grandchild of nineteenth- century American landscape painters like Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, and Asher B. Durand.

But Handelman’s project isn’t just a kitsch recovery effort; it’s part of his broader reexamination of historical precursors—particularly the Hudson River School and its later incarnation, the Luminists—that was triggered in part by the execrable environmental and foreign policies

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