A week ago on this program, we spoke to art critic Deborah Solomon about her new biography of iconic artist, Norman Rockwell, American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell. The book is a 493-page account of the life and work of the longtime illustrator for The Saturday Evening Post.
Since the release of the book and recording of our interview with Solomon, the family of Norman Rockwell has come out saying they are angered by the book and shocked at the suggestions that Rockwell could have been secretly gay or had pedophilic impulses.
A statement issued by the Norman Rockwell Family Agency says – "Ms. Solomon's conclusions demand scrutiny. The Family now feels that her purpose in befriending us and writing this fictionalized account was publicity, financial gain and self-aggrandizement.”
Thomas Rockwell is Norman Rockwell’s second son and an author. Perhaps best known for his young adult classic, How to Eat Fried Worms He joins us along with his daughter, Norman Rockwell’s granddaughter, Abigail Rockwell.
Wendell Minor is considered one of our nation’s premier historical illustrators. He travels throughout the United States to research, draw and paint on location, and immerse himself in the subject at hand.
The Norman Rockwell Museum is celebrating the artist’s four-decade career, highlighting his many cover illustrations and 25th anniversary illustrating children’s books, each inspired by his love of history, art, science, and the natural world. Wendell Minor’s America is on view at the museum through May 26, 2014.
The exhibit traces the Minor’s artistic journey through original artwork, artifacts, and references from his expansive visual chronicles, as well as commentary about his collaborations with our nation’s most prominent authors, scientists, and historians.
From her first number one recording, “He’s A Rebel”, through her string of label hits with legendary producer Phil Spector, to the countless songs she sang backup on for artists like Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick, Cher and Aretha Franklin, Darlene Love has blazed a trail of success in the music industry and was inducted into the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.
The New York Times says: “Darlene Love’s thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton's guitar or Bob Dylan's lyrics." She will bring her holiday show to The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on Friday, November 29th.
Artist Gillian Jagger has shown work continuously since 1956 in New York City at major galleries. Jagger is Professor Emeritus at the Graduate School, Pratt Institute, New York and had received many grants and awards include a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, Nancy Graves Foundation Grant, International Art Critics Foundation, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. In summer 2012, she was selected for an award from the Henry Moore Foundation in London.
Her new work, And Then, And Now: New Work from the Cave will be on display at The John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY October 12th through November 3rd.
This Saturday and Sunday, a dozen of Washington County, New York’s best artists will open their studio doors and invite us inside to see their latest works and talk about the creative process. Not a gallery, not an exhibition, but a visit into the artists world and workshop, the Open Studios Tour will gives a chance to connect with the art through the artist.
The Tour takes you through lower Washington County with some of the most striking vistas in New York State. You will enjoy the ride from studio to studio almost as much as you love the art.
Open Studios Tour Director, Sue Sanderson and artist Leslie Parke join us to tell us more.
One of the MASS MoCA's current exhibitions is Jason Middlebrook: My Landscape. The pieces contained include new works from Jason’s series of painted hardwood planks begun in 2008 and will debut an awe-inspiring, hanging mobile that functions like a fountain within the gallery.
In his new memoir, Bad Boy, renowned American artist Eric Fischl explores his coming of age as an artist, and his search for a fresh narrative style in the highly charged and competitive New York art world in the 1970s and 1980s.
The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival features over 70 events during Pittsfield’s second annual contemporary winter arts festival February 14-24 – performers include dozens of artists, actors, musicians, writers, comedians and more.
One highlight of the festival is the Barrington Stage Company’s 10X10 New Play Festival which features ten new ten minute plays, chosen from over 180 entries.
We are joined by Megan Whilden - Director of Cultural Development for the City of Pittsfield, and Laura Roudabush - Director of Marketing at Barrington Stage Company.