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Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg Hardcover – July 1, 2010
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About the Author
Virginia M. Mecklenburg is a senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Among her books are Modern Masters, Edward Hopper: The Watercolors, and Metropolitan Lives: The Ashcan Artists and Their New York, which won the Alfred H. Barr Jr. award in 1997.
Todd McCarthy is the longtime chief film critic for Variety. His books include Kings of the Bs, Howard Hawks, and Fast Women: The Legendary Ladies of Racing. He won an Emmy Award for writing the documentary Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer.
Top Customer Reviews
Lucas reflects the Rockwell viewpoint in his and Spielberg's film ideology. "When we were in film school, we would say, we're not making movies about the way things are; we're making films about the way things should be." Rockwell's pictures tell an idealized view of America and there is a running commentary on each of the pictures and how they came into being. There are some personal thoughts of Spielberg's and Lucas on some of the pictures in the narrative. Each picture has titles and includes the date, who owns it, size and what the medium is.
There are several pages in the beginning of the book labeled "The Mythmakers" that would have been better served by using the first person narrative that is shown in a film at the Smithsonian exhibit, which includes Lucas and Spielberg's thoughts on Rockwell and their collections. The film also tells how they do not clash with each other in purchasing Rockwell's works - interesting in that, one painting ' Happy Birthday', Lucas owns the pencil drawing and Spielberg owns the oil.
There are more illustrations and information than what is given in the exhibit, so even if you are fortunate enough to see it, you would be well served by this book; as would anyone interested in Americana, the ideals of the 20th century and of course Rockwell.
For the most part, I found Virginia Mecklenburg's text enjoyable and informative. While she could occasionally lapse into art world otherworldliness, her text was normally straightforward and brought out element of the paintings that were easily missed at first glance. For instance, the different-sized skyscrapers in the background of "Window Washer" did not just set the stage, but were a wickedly pointed commentary about the virility of the painting's two male protagonists. Mecklenburg also brought out the many levels that Rockwell worked on in his paintings. Paintings like "Back to Civvies," showing a recent veteran of World War II trying on his old high school jacket, were more than just sentimental, showing the return of the boy-become-man.Read more ›
I have a collection of art books on Norman Rockwell and this one is by far one of the most beautiful and most fun to read and enjoy. The collections of Lucas and Spielberg are an interesting angle and I liked figuring out why they would have bought these particular paintings.
The photos and describtions of Rockwell's artistic process and preparation for the painting was fascinating. I did not expect to get that wonderful information. I thought this was going to be just a collection of the paintings and this book was more than just page after page of images. It was a real art and almost biographical book about Rockwell.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love anything with Norman Rockwell/s art, and I was getting this as a gift for someone that likes his work as well as I do.Published on September 22, 2013 by Janet Hancock
We are really enjoying the book as we went to the exhibition in Washington DC in 2010. Books arrived in good conditionPublished on May 26, 2013 by Mrs Michelle M. Rutherford
This is a huge cocktail table book. Beautiful art, interesting history for anyone who loves Rockwell and or that period of our American history.Published on January 14, 2013 by Sandra
This is a very useful book if you are looking for good references from Norman Rockwell. The book is also very big and tells interesting stories about the author.Published on September 8, 2012 by Alex
This book was worth the price just for the detail, tonal accuracy and color saturation of the reproductions. The pictures are beautiful.Published on April 2, 2011 by L. Boyd
I have seen Norman Rockwell's work in Mass.and wanted a copy of the work that was exhibited in Washington.
This is a wonderful book. Read more