“The Art of Norman Rockwell” exhibition ends its run February 3, 2008
A major traveling exhibition of works by iconic American artist Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) is on view at the Akron Art Museum through February 3, 2008. American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell celebrates the full range of Rockwell’s artwork, including rarely circulated works from the collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Included in the presentation are all of the hundreds of covers Rockwell created for the Saturday Evening Post over nearly five decades, original oil paintings of some of his most famous illustrations, drawings, war bond posters and other works. In addition to the artworks on view, personal correspondence and archival photographs offer insight into one of the country’s most beloved illustrators. American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell is to be seen in the Akron Art Museum’s new John S. and James L. Knight Building, designed by Austrian architecture firm COOP HIMMELB(L)AU.
Image Credit: Norman Rockwell, Triple Self-Portrait, Oil on canvas. Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 13, 1960. ©1960 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN. From the permanent collection of The Norman Rockwell Museum.
About Norman Rockwell
Born in New York City in 1894, Norman Rockwell studied art at the New York School of Art, the National Academy of Design in New York and the Art Students League, where an education in illustration prepared Rockwell for his first commercial commissions. Early success led to Rockwell’s position as art director of Boys’ Life magazine and launched a six decade long career as an illustrator for magazines. In 1916, Rockwell painted his first cover for The Saturday Evening Post and over the next 47 years more than 320 of his compositions graced the publication’s cover. In 1963 Rockwell left the publication to create covers for Look magazine. During his 10-year association with Look, Rockwell’s works addressed some of his deepest social and political concerns and interests including civil rights, the nation’s war on poverty and the exploration of space. In 1973, Rockwell established a trust to preserve his life’s work, placing his paintings in the custodianship of the Old Corner House Stockbridge Historical Society, which would later become the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge. In 1977, the year before his death, Rockwell received the Presidential Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Following its presentation in Akron, the exhibition will travel to the Orlando Museum of Art, Florida (March 1, 2008 through May 26, 2008); the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia (November 8, 2008 through February 1, 2009); and the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (November 14, 2009 through February 7, 2010). Additional venues will be announced shortly.
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