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Everyone may be fixated on the movie you won't see on Christmas Day, but the Bay Area plays a prominent role in one of the films that will open in theaters next week. In his biopic "Big Eyes", Tim Burton tells the story of Margaret Keane, the artist whose big-eyed waifs became famous across the U.S. in the 60s. At the time, Margaret let her then-husband, Walter, take credit for her work. The couple later divorced, and Margaret began to speak up for herself as a painter, leading to a bitter court battle and a court-ordered paint off, The New York Times reports. Margaret, now 87, still paints from her Napa home, and sells her work at Keane Eyes Gallery in San Francisco (3040 Larkin Street), according to the profile.
When the film hits theaters, the gallery will probably turn into a madhouse, so you have a few more days to check out Margaret's work in relative peace. And if you still need Hanukkah or Christmas gifts for your movie-going loved ones, you couldn't pick a better time to buy one of Margaret's prints.
· Avenging the Big Lie Behind the Big Eyes [New York Times]
· Keane Eyes Gallery [Official Site]