Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera

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STOCKBRIDGE, MA — A landmark exhibition that sheds new light on Norman Rockwell’s art and artistry is on view at Norman Rockwell Museum. Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera is the first exhibition to explore in depth Rockwell’s richly detailed study photographs, created by the artist as references for his iconic paintings. This the final major exhibition of Norman Rockwell Museum’s 40th anniversary year.

“Norman Rockwell was a natural storyteller with an unerring eye for detail,” said Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of Norman Rockwell Museum. “This ground-breaking exhibition shows how that narrative instinct found its first expression in the artist’s meticulously composed photographs.”

Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera brings together approximately 120 prints of Rockwell’s study photographs and 25 original paintings and drawings linked to the photographs on display. In addition to original art from Norman Rockwell Museum’s collection, several significant works are on loan from such noted institutions as The Brooklyn Museum, The Memorial Art Gallery, and The National Air and Space Museum, and will be featured in the exhibition. The result is a fascinating frame-by-frame view of the development of some of Rockwell’s most indelible images. At the same time, the photographs themselves – painstakingly staged by Rockwell and involving an array of models, costumes, props, and settings – are fully realized works of art in their own right.

Guest curator Ron Schick is the first researcher to undertake a comprehensive study of Norman Rockwell Museum’s newly digitized photography archives. This repository of nearly 20,000 images encapsulates Rockwell’s use of photography over four decades.

Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera is now on view through May 21, 2010.

For more information, please visit www.nrm.orgNorman Rockwell: Behind the Camera

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