David Lynch’s Brain Won’t Stop

J. Hoberman writes: ‘Is David Lynch a celebrity painter? Or, put another way: Would the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) be exhibiting four decades of his work, were he not 1) a world-famous movie director and 2) the most famous PAFA alum since Mad magazine cartoonist Don Martin or Thomas Eakins or maybe ever? Impossible to answer and pretty much irrelevant, as Lynch’s paintings and assemblages place his movies—or at least the great ones, “Eraserhead,” “Blue Velvet,” “Mulholland Drive” and “Inland Empire”—in the setting of his art work and not vice versa.’ Pictured is Lynch’s painting “I Am Running Home from Your House.”

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