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Norman Rockwell's Sons File Motion To Block Berkshire Museum's Sale Of Their Dad's Work

4 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The plaintiffs in the case include Thomas, Jaris and Peter Rockwell, the sons of Norman Rockwell, who object to the sale of two of their father’s works, Shuffleton’s Barber Shop (1950) and Shaftsbury Blacksmith Shop (1940), which the artist gave to the museum. Both paintings are due to be auctioned at Sotheby's New York American […]

Norman Rockwell's Children Sue Berkshire Museum To Stop The Sale Of Their Father's Art

10 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The plaintiffs argue that the controversial plan - much derided in the art world, but seeming to steamroll ahead - "would violate the statute that established the museum, which requires it to maintain any gifts it receives for 'the people of Berkshire County and the general public.'" Besides, they say, the museum doesn't need the […]

Learning from the Famous Artists Course

The Norman Rockwell Museum produced this new video about the Famous Artists Course (Link to video)The clips include color video of some of the faculty of 1950s American illustrators, along with Walt Reed, who was one of the faculty helpers, and Elwood Smith and Howard Cruz, who took the course. Show More Summary

Stolen for 40 years, Norman Rockwell masterwork may bring $1 million at Heritage Auctions

last weekArts : Artdaily

Recently returned to a family after it was stolen more than 40 years ago, Norman Rockwell?s endearing Lazybones (Boy Asleep With Hoe), also known as Taking a Break, is expected to sell for more than $1 million in Heritage Auctions? Nov. Show More Summary

Original oil painting by Norman Rockwell up for auction

2 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

An original painting by Norman Rockwell of R. E. Roberson will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. The distinguished portrait of Roberson was painted in 1971 while he served as the fifth president of American Mutual Insurance Company. Show More Summary

The Lost Masterpieces of Norman Rockwell Country

Felix Salmon writes about the Berkshire Museum’s controversial plans to put forty of its most valuable art works up for sale and to renovate the institution.

Norman Rockwell’s Franklin Up for Bid

For the sesquicentennial of American independence in 1926, the Saturday Evening Post commissioned a cover image of Benjamin Franklin. The magazine traces itself back to the Pennsylvania Gazette, which Franklin printed and published in...Show More Summary

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'Print' on Texas family wall is original Rockwell, sells for $1.6 million

2 months agoNews : The Lookout

A Texas family who discovered their old Norman Rockwell work of baseball umpires was an authentic painting sold the work at auction for $1.6 million, Heritage Auctions said on Monday.

Newly discovered Norman Rockwell masterpiece brings $1.6 million at Heritage Auctions

2 months agoArts : Artdaily

"Tough Call," a classic original masterpiece by Norman Rockwell ? discovered hanging in Austin, Texas, and considered nothing more than a cheap print ? has sold for a staggering $1.6 million at a public auction of high-end sports memorabilia held by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Show More Summary

Siskiyou chickens

My longtime friend Stan Krute took this picture of three young contestants waiting to be judged at the Siskiyou County Golden Fair. When I saw the picture on Facebook I wasn't sure if it was a Norman Rockwell painting. Stan really captures a sense of pride and anticipation. Human qualities, in young people, and their chickens.

This Early Version of Norman Rockwell’s ‘Tough Call’ Features Blue Sky and Sports Equipment Brand Names

An absolutely fascinating bit of magazine-cover history is on the auction block this weekend in Dallas. It's a reminder of the days when artist Norman Rockwell would create and finalize the elements of his iconic work for The Saturday Evening Post by means of oil paintings. Heritage Auctions expects one such painting done for a...

The Berkshire Museum Defends Its Planned But Controversial Art Sale

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Facing massive blowback, including from Norman Rockwell's sons, "Berkshire Museum officials held their ground, citing decades of financial losses that, in recent years, amounted to million-dollar annual budget shortfalls on a yearly budget of $2.4 million. The institution had struggled with deficits for 30 years, they said, and needed to fundamentally reinvent itself — or […]

Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms to travel in international tour

2 months agoArts : Artdaily

The Norman Rockwell Museum announced details of the first internationally touring exhibition devoted to Rockwell?s iconic depictions of Franklin Delano Roosevelt?s Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want. Show More Summary

Should museums be able to sell their art? This museum says its future depends on it

2 months agoArts : Art Beat

The Berkshire Museum is selling several pieces from Norman Rockwell, seen in his studio, in order to stay afloat, a decision that has caused controversy in the arts community. Credit: Bettmann / Contributor. When the Massachusetts Museum...Show More Summary

Vintage Ads for the Famous Artists Course

Here's a classic advertisement for the Famous Artists School, the correspondence course headlined by 1950s illustrators like Norman Rockwell, Al Dorne, and Austin Briggs. (Link to YouTube)The host, Jon Gnagy (1907-1981), introduces the course, and then draws a church using basic geometric forms. Show More Summary

Red Sox fans reach for a home run ball in the perfect baseball photo

Sometimes, a photographer captures the perfect moment.  At Thursday night's Red Sox-White Sox game at Fenway Park, Matt Stone of the Boston Herald did exactly that. As one Twitter user aptly put it, Stone's photo is a Norman Rockwell...Show More Summary

Family discovers Norman Rockwell sports print is actually a famous original painting worth $300K+

3 months agoArts : Artdaily

Heritage Auctions continues its legacy as the premier sports auction house offering a recently discovered Norman Rockwell original Saturday Evening Post cover study for the painting Tough Call in its August 19-20 Sports Platinum Night Auction. Show More Summary

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