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Norman Rockwell’s Art, Once
Sniffed At, Is Becoming Prized

New York Times, by James B. Stewart

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 5/24/2014 1:51:24 PM

“Rockwell’s greatest sin as an artist is simple: His is an art of unending cliché.” In that Washington Post criticism of a 2010 exhibition of Norman Rockwell paintings at the Smithsonian, Blake Gopnik joined a long line of prominent critics attacking Rockwell, the American artist and illustrator who depicted life in mid-20th-century America and died in 1978. “Norman Rockwell was demonized by a generation of critics who not only saw him as an enemy of modern art, but of all art,” said Deborah Solomon, whose biography of Rockwell, “American Mirror,” was published last year. “He was seen as a lowly

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We groundlings never sniffed at his work. We saw it as America at her best.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 5/24/2014 2:46:43 PM     (No. 9860622)

The "elites" sniffed. We applauded.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: dman, 5/24/2014 2:51:48 PM     (No. 9860627)

The effete art critics vs the marketplace. Rockwell´s art touched us because it reminded us of an America as it should be. The implied cultural values translated into market value.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Susannah, 5/24/2014 2:58:18 PM     (No. 9860635)

The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. is worth a visit if you´re in the area. The paintings are displayed to very great effect.

Alice´s Restaurant is nearby, only now it´s called Theresa´s Stockbridge Cafe.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Coy860, 5/24/2014 2:59:02 PM     (No. 9860636)

Patriotic Americans always loved Rockwell´s art.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: farmwife, 5/24/2014 2:59:03 PM     (No. 9860637)

They sniff at America in general. Rockwell loved America, and painted her people with respect and love. That´s why we all loved him as well. And still do.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Susannah, 5/24/2014 3:08:07 PM     (No. 9860645)



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Reply 7 - Posted by: avikingman, 5/24/2014 3:39:12 PM     (No. 9860654)

This year´s calendar on my office wall is all Rockwell paintings. Love it.

Yes. That is the America I know. I´s my story and I´m sticking to it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Japanorama, 5/24/2014 4:32:24 PM     (No. 9860679)

Things are well-known for a reason.
Everyone knows e = mc^2.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: larryk, 5/24/2014 5:43:11 PM     (No. 9860712)

My son summed it up that because Rockwell´s paintings appeared on magazine covers the Manhattan galleries deemed him as an "illustrator". But Jackson Pollack did nothing but splatter paint and the Manhattan elite thought of him as a true artist. Thankfully this lack of recognition for Rockwell has changed.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: franq, 5/24/2014 6:57:37 PM     (No. 9860749)

I´ve adhered to a maxim through life. If "critics" pan something, it´s probably pretty good. If they like it, it´s usually garbage.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Susannah, 5/24/2014 7:50:13 PM     (No. 9860778)

I don´t know why my second post didn´t go through, but if you want to see some of Rockwell´s most famous paintings without going to the museum, you can look at the digital collection at www.nrm.org. Not as good as seeing them in person, but still enjoyable.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: PI65, 5/24/2014 8:10:19 PM     (No. 9860797)

I love Norman Rockwell´s work. It reminds me of completely different time in Americas past. I´m glad I lived in that golden age.


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