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09 December 2013 @ 01:26 pm
A great square  
Elizabeth Hand reviews American Mirror, the new bio of Norman Rockwell, which makes the case for appreciating that much-maligned artist. (I love The Connoisseur.)
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sturgeonslawyer: Defaultsturgeonslawyer on December 9th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
Love Rockwell. Also Parrish and lotsa other "illustrators." Guess that makes me a philistine.
Maia Cmaiac on December 10th, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
If that makes you a philistine, then we're both philistines. I love Rockwell and Parrish.
Maia Cmaiac on December 10th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
A couple of years ago, the Detroit Institute of Arts had an exhibit of Rockwell's paintings. Most of the paintings in the exhibit were his magazine covers, and the audioguide narrative had a lot to say about how much he chafed at the restrictions imposed by the people who paid him. I enjoyed seeing his paintings that weren't magazine covers, especially his civil rights paintings.
et in Arcadia egobooapostle_of_eris on December 11th, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a Rockwell is worth ten or twenty thousand words. You know those people. You know their characters and their stories; you know how they got to that moment and how they feel in it.
Lucas and Spielberg are excited to collect him; John Waters(!) and David Lynch(!) reference him; and Obama borrowed The Problem We All Live With to hang in the White House. I have no doubt that Rockwell will be admired long after his detractors are forgotten dust.
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