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"Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People"
2001-01-27 until 2001-05-06
Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix, AZ, USA

Phoenix Art Museum is proud to present the first comprehensive exhibition of the art of Norman Rockwell, exploring his unparalleled role as an American icon-maker and storyteller. Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People, organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, will be on view in the Museum's South Wing, January 27 - May 6, 2001. Featuring more than 70 of Rockwell's oil paintings and all 322 of his Saturday Evening Post covers, the exhibition offers visitors an in-depth look at the work of an artist who helped forge a sense of American identity and common values.

Rockwell's unique talent was to capture the commonplace and make it extraordinary for Americans, said James Ballinger, director of Phoenix Art Museum. As one of the most popular artists in American history, this exhibition demonstrates why Rockwell was loved by so many Americans. But more importantly, this is a tribute to Rockwell as more than a magazine illustrator; he was a master of realism.

Phoenix Art Museum is delighted to bring this groundbreaking exhibition to the Southwest, continues Ballinger. As well, we are pleased to be able to again provide a wonderful educational experience to over 21,000 schoolchildren from around the state who will tour the exhibition.

In November 1999, Pictures for the American People opened its national tour in Atlanta followed by showings in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and San Diego. After its stay at Phoenix Art Museum, the exhibition travels to The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, June 9 - October 8, 2001, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, November 16, 2001 - March 3, 2002.

Many of the works on view in Pictures for the American People are drawn from the permanent collection of The Norman Rockwell Museum, including such beloved and well-known images as the Four Freedoms (1943), The Marriage License (1955), Girl at Mirror (1954), Golden Rule (1961), Going and Coming (1947), and New Kids in the Neighborhood (1967). These paintings are augmented by significant and seldom-seen loans from private collections and an array of institutions, including The Brooklyn Museum (Tattoo Artist, 1944), The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (Game Called Because of Rain, 1949) and the Berkshire Museum (Shuffleton's Barbershop, 1950).

Also featured in the exhibition are materials demonstrating how Rockwell worked, proceeding from preliminary sketches, photographs, color studies, and detailed drawings to the finished painting.

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