I also posted this question to my Facebook friends.

I think yesterday was in day interesting day in the world of art. Thomas Kinkade died. I'm wondering how art historians will view his work 50 years from now? Will his art be viewed and an artifact of fine art or just an artifact of American consumerism and American taste? Is he just a misunderstood artist and it will take time for current art institutions to come around and appreciate his contribution to the world of art?