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