A new biography that claims painter Norman Rockwell may have had homoerotic urges has his family up in arms. Deborah Solomon’s “American Mirror,” an account of the artist’s life published last month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, poses questions about Rockwell’s sexual orientation, based on a...
Christopher Titus is a comedian and actor perhaps best known for the Fox series Titus — for which he was the star, executive producer and co-creator — as well as his long running one-man show, Norman Rockwell is Bleeding. Titus is currently touring the U.S. and will be in the coming months performing his new stand-up show, The Angry Pursuit of Happiness.
Members of Norman Rockwell’s family are protesting a American Mirror — a new biography of the artist by Deborah Solomon
Members of Norman Rockwell’s family are protesting a new biography of him that raises the question of whether he was gay or had pedophilic impulses.
James Parker reviews Deborah Solomon’s American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, which tells the story of how “this rather strange, marginal-feeling man contrived to represent the inner life of a mass audience” – a less straightforward portrayal of “simpler times” than you might surmise: The secret, clearly, is that Rockwell’s productions, his […]
Deborah Solomon‘s new book, American Mirror (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), reveals that Norman Rockwell wrestled with severe depression and was consumed by a sense of inadequacy, but today let’s focus on the turkey—specifically, the plump bird in Rockwell’s Freedom from Want. Show More Summary
I may be showing my age here, this Norman Rockwell piece is the one that I think of when conjuring up images of Thanksgiving. I wish all my readers a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving.
Today I chanced upon a BBC interview with Deborah Solomon, whose biography American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell was published earlier this year (CLICK). She reveals that Rockwell was a depressive who relied on psychotherapy for help. Show More Summary
An interesting video: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George L. Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Many of us grew up seeing Rockwell's paintings on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. Lucas and Spielberg were among those fans. [By the way, The Saturday Evening Post is still around.]
I think of Thanksgiving dinner as existing in tiers of necessity. First, there must be a turkey. That’s non-negotiable (unless you’re a vegetarian, of course, but we’re talking Norman Rockwell here). Turkey is a core necessity. Next tier: gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pie. Some variation is allowed there, giving allowance to individual [...]Show More Summary
We all love visual shorthand for our lives, whether it’s the Apple logo for technology or a flag for patriotism. Just as Thomas Nast’s version of Santa Claus endures as the quintessential Christmas image, Norman Rockwell’s classic painting...Show More Summary
Thanksgiving isn’t always as straightforward as Norman Rockwell painted it. But that only leaves us more options. [ more › ]
We're one step closer to the day when Thanksgiving seems but a quaint memory and/or fiction from a Norman Rockwell painting. CNBC reports that, with retailers moving Black Friday ever earlier, restaurants are also being roped into the Thursday-evening frenzy. Read more...
Last week, I wrote about the disparity between Norman Rockwell’s inner life and the cheerful art that made the painter famous. In the new issue of The Atlantic, James Parker writes about the “unconscious energy” of Rockwell’s work, while on the magazine’s website, Jennie Rothenberg Gritz republishes an old article that examines how Rockwell’s style could […]
Norman Rockwell was an unhappy and enervated man who became iconic by painting scenes of happy, energetic people. He developed a style that became synonymous with idyllic visions of America. At Page-Turner, Lee Siegel reads Deborah Solmon’s American...Show More Summary
Deborah Solomon’s “American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell” is a masterpiece of the biographer’s art, not least because of Solomon’s highly developed capacity to enter into an alien experience or personality without passing judgment. Show More Summary
AMERICAN MIRROR: THE LIFE AND ART OF NORMAN ROCKWELL CITY OF NIGHT HAPPINESS: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION AMERICAN MIRROR: THE LIFE AND ART OF NORMAN ROCKWELL BY DEBORAH SOLOMON $28; Farrar, Straus and Giroux This major look at the work...Show More Summary
Peter Schjeldahl recounts how he became “the first hip young art critic” to defend the illustrator: My tipping point regarding Rockwell had come in conversation with Willem de Kooning. Our greatest modern painter quite adored Rockwell – as he did most things about the United States since arriving here, as a 22-year-old Dutch stowaway, in 1926. … […]
This week, Banksy charity sale is a bust, art and the 1%, looking at Norman Rockwell, opera's future, creating contemplative spaces in video games, underwear that masks smells, and more.
Norman Rockwell's masterpiece, full-length portrait The Song of Bernadette realized a stunning $605,000 to lead Heritage Auctions' $3.7+ million Illustration Art Auction event. Records were set for scores of artists across Classic and...Show More Summary