It was Rockwell who, more than anyone, depicted America's difficult crises of depression, war, and recovery during the 1940s and 1950s as an idyllic, romantic period. That had everything to do with his discerning eye for the small, the ordinary -- not the heroic.
It is fitting that the cover of this biography shows Rockwell's painting of the town gossips; a group enjoying the relaying of news of a scandalous nature, a painting for which Ms. Solomon might well have modeled.
To say that Thanksgiving is my least favorite holiday would be the understatement of the year. I am clearly not a fan. I don't know how much of this attitude comes from my age (I'm over 40. Fine. I'm 60) and how much comes from experience and wisdom. I'm going to go with experience and wisdom here.
The Presidio Trust is in charge of deciding which of the three proposals, if any, will break ground in the most beautiful urban national park in the world. There is great potential for amazing things to happen.
During the Golden Age of American Illustration, from the 1890s to the 1930s, advertisers and magazines commissioned the top artists of the day to create paintings, watercolors and sketches that were then used for cover art, advertising and magazine illustrations.
American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell presents an opportunity for Crystal Bridges guests to really look at Rockwell as a painter, distinct from our knowledge of him as an image-maker or illustrator or commercial artist.
What would you say about a person who--in the matter of a few hours--would zoom in and out of three cities? In my case, Malibu, Oxnard and Santa Barbara... The only excuse for such a mad dash, of course, is the promise of a good exhibition further down the road.
I would have preferred my beautiful boy ask me a different question. Something like, "How did I get inside mommy's stomach when I was a baby?" As parent-child discussions go, Reproductive Biology is easier than race relations and the Civil Rights Movement.
Sometimes you will fall. Sometime you need to fall and get back up. But months later you just might be sitting fireside with a glass of wine or iced coffee celebrating your new job or that great promotion you just got at work as someone who skates the extra mile.
Most of us are probably familiar with Norman Rockwell's famous Thanksgiving painting. But few realize that it traces its inspiration to an address that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made to Congress on January 6, 1941.
It's Thanksgiving time, and Kim Parshley is getting ready to make her famous pumpkin pie. She wishes the recipe had been handed down from her grandmother. It wasn't; she was left to concoct it all by herself.
The white nationalism and racial narcissism embedded in the critique of Obama's use of the painting demonstrates both Obama's challenge and the challenge that remains for overcoming racial inequality in the 21st century.