Keane Eyes Gallery 3040 Larkin St./Beach St., (415) 922-9309; www.keane-eyes.com. By appt.
Located across from Ghirardelli Square, this expansive gallery is devoted to the work of artist Margaret Keane. Well-known for her paintings of children and animals with big round eyes, she can make even a bull dog look cute. Prices range from $35 for a poster to $850 for a limited-edition print to original paintings beginning at $12,000 and rising to more than $185,000. Back in the Beat era, her paintings hung at Enrico Banducci’s famous hungry I nightclub on Jackson Street and you could pick a painting up then for as little as $50. "Big Eyes," directed by Tim Burton--who is a longtime collector of Keane paintings--and starring Amy Adams and Terence Stamp, tells more of the story.
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updated December 31, 2014