"I’m still trying to figure it out, but I love the way Kalman balances what appears to be a fairly sophisticated understanding of Lincoln’s life and legacy with the innocence of the illustrations and child-like penmanship. At one point Kalman imagines bringing Lincoln into “my world,” which includes meeting Frida Kahlo, viewing an exhibit of Fred Sandback’s sculptures, and a baked potato. What do you think?"Well, since you asked, quite frankly, I'm speechless (almost). I suppose I don't possess enough intellectual sophistication to discuss Ole Abe and his opinion of the baked potato.(!?) Weird.
But what I do find interesting is Kevin's lack of criticism for the art which, in my humble opinion, is rather cartoonish. No disrespect meant to the artist - to each his own. Kalman's artwork is fitting for the New Yorker. I also find it interesting that Kevin fails to comment on the artist stating the following:
"I looked deep into his [Lincoln's] eyes and found that I was falling in love."
That is "fairly sophisticated"? Can you imagine the howls if a modern artist were to make that comment about Lee? I must be missing something here. Perhaps Kevin is just pulling our collective legs and baiting his detractors. It really is hard for me to believe that this art on Lincoln is to be taken seriously. Judge for yourselves. Of course, no modern I, I'm no doubt missing the more refined aspects of Kalman's work.
Now, compare Kevin's comments regarding that artwork (and the lack thereof from his readers, which I find very curious) to what we read regarding Mort Kunstler's very attractive piece depicting Robert E. Lee as he weighs his decision about resigning from the United States Army:
Click here. (Warning, one of the comments includes the F bomb.)
Now, it's quite obvious that the Lee post was intentionally mocking with lots of high fives and LOL's being passed all around throughout most of the comments that follow. I suppose some folks honestly found some of that stuff funny but, personally, I thought most of the comments were rather juvenile; appealing to the lowest common denominator. But, again, to each his own.
But no such low-brow humor on the Lincoln artwork. If one was so inclined, at which of the following could you poke the most fun:
Now, seriously, is there any contest? Which piece would you want gracing your study? Kunstler's piece most assuredly depicts a scene not too far from reality, while the Kalman piece looks more like an English judge than Lincoln's Mama.
One of my readers recently commented that he reads both my blog and Kevin's for the Yin - Yang effect. Though I'm no adherent of Chinese philosophy, I'm ok with that as long as I'm the Yang.
(<--- Not Lincoln's Mama)