There is a Norman Rockwell exhibit here at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG). Today I'm off to check the exhibit out and attend a lecture.
I'm not a huge fan of Norman Rockwell art. My soul would rather dance in the presence of the artistic expressions by Frida Kahlo, Diane Arbus, and Georgia O'Keeffe.
But what does interest me about Rockwell's art is the cultural representation of his Saturday Evening Post covers and the blatant omissions of various American people and landscape. So I am very much looking forward to the lecture.
And the art, I do appreciate the rich detail found in the clothing his subjects are wearing. The smocking details found in the dresses the little girls wear are illustrated in precise detail. I do have a fond appreciation for these sewing details which he took care to include. I know that it is the detail of the clothing that will capture my attention.
Rockwell was clever at illustrating the facades of culture and appearance. I hope that the lecture will touch on this aspect of his art.
There is no denying the cultural significance that Rockwell had on the American art scene. He has received both cultural praise and criticism, it will be interesting to see how the exhibit is received this afternoon.
Well, if I'm going to make the lecture I should get ready.