In 1997, the Smithsonian Institution purchased 200 significant works from the renowned Rosenak collection for an undisclosed sum estimated around $2M. This acquisition included a bed-sheet by Kennedy. The Folk Art Messenger, Vol. 10, No.3, reports the acquisition makes the Smithsonian American Art Museum "the world's preeminent repository for American self-taught art." "It is our desire to see them as part of the history of 20th-century American art," said Chuck Rosenak. Mentioning self-taught Kennedy, the article notes these works were the first American collection exhibited at the Collection de l'Art Brut, Switzerland, which "testifies to its quality and uniqueness." The Leon Kennedy masterwork now resides at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, while photos of Kennedy and other materials of Kennedy's are available for study at the National Archives in Washington, DC Kennedy is a spiritual painter, moved by God. While Howard Finster preaches religion through his many of his works, Kennedy's works are sublimely religious: soulful, meditative and giving praise. There is no hell in Leon's work, only heaven on earth. Through his paintings Kennedy emanates God's love. For Kennedy, each work speaks a message direct from God; a divine inspiration. The spiritual fervor is sublimated through wonderful painting technique and symbolic poetry. Kennedy is a painter's painter; with beautiful raw brut figuration, a Van Gough color sensibility, original technical approaches and ...
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