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Feb. 26, 2011 at 8:49am

Rockwell at TAM

Tacoma Art Museum is hosting the work of Norman Rockwell starting today until May 30th. The touring exhibit is making its only Northwest stop here. Two galleries are lined with his work. One showing covers he created for the Saturday Evening Post shows how he captured a positive image of American's and their spirit for 47 years. The other thematically shows glimpses into his career and takes a look at his often obsessive process through events like WWII, Cold War America, and the civil rights movement.

Not having previously been exposed to much of his work previously I found this TAM exhibit an incredibly great introduction to a man whose work captured our country as it transitioned from buggies to cars and planes and from radio to TV and more. His photorealistic style is striking at times but only seemed to come through his obsession with getting every detail right.

Exhibit details, special events schedules, and more can be found on TAM's website.

comments [6]  |  posted under art museum, norman rockwell, tacoma, tam

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by ensie on 2/26/2011 @ 8:59am
I'm jealous of you! Justin and I were just talking about going to see the Rockwell exhibit. It looks amazing!

by Dave_L on 2/26/2011 @ 9:06am
I loved the Japanese woodblock print exhibit that preceded this, and I'm really looking forward to seeing this one. I've long been a fan of Rockwell's style, detail, composition (both serious or humorous), and the emotion and expression he can pour into each of his illustrated (photograph-like) characters, though he was much criticized for that. Everyone here will recognize at least of few of the pieces.

by Erik on 2/26/2011 @ 4:40pm
Very cool that they obtained the signature exhibit!

by fredo on 2/26/2011 @ 7:35pm
Is this original artwork or just copies?

by KevinFreitas on 2/27/2011 @ 10:41am
@fredo - The Saturday Evening Post covers are, well covers that were mass-produced back in the day. They are originals along with other process sketches, notes and photographs. There are also some original paintings in this exhibit too so you can see his brush strokes up close and personal.

by fredo on 2/27/2011 @ 11:01am
cool,we'll try to make it to the show. good pictures and youtube video Kev.

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