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Norman Rockwell : the underside of innocence

Author: Richard Halpern
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Norman Rockwell's scenes of everyday small-town life are still among the most indelible images in all of twentieth-century art. While opinions of Rockwell vary from uncritical admiration to sneering contempt, those who love him and those who dismiss him do agree on one thing: his art embodies a distinctively American style of innocence." "In this book, Richard Halpern argues that this sense of innocence arises from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Norman Rockwell; Norman Rockwell; Norman Rockwell; Norman Rockwell; Norman Rockwell
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Halpern
ISBN: 0226314405 9780226314402
OCLC Number: 62732641
Description: xv, 201 pages, 11 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Manufacturing innocence --
Ways of not seeing --
Phallic women, Adam's apples, and the fullness of the world --
That kind of man --
The history of girls --
Painting: a middlebrow art --
Rockwell's heirs.
Other Titles: Underside of innocence
Responsibility: Richard Halpern.
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Abstract:

"Norman Rockwell's scenes of everyday small-town life are still among the most indelible images in all of twentieth-century art. While opinions of Rockwell vary from uncritical admiration to sneering contempt, those who love him and those who dismiss him do agree on one thing: his art embodies a distinctively American style of innocence." "In this book, Richard Halpern argues that this sense of innocence arises from our reluctance - and also Rockwell's - to acknowledge the often disturbing dimensions of his works. Rockwell's paintings frequently teem with perverse acts of voyeurism and desire but contrive to keep these acts invisible - or rather, hidden in plain sight, available for unacknowledged pleasure but easily denied by the viewer." "Rockwell emerges in this book, then, as a deviously brilliant artist, a remorseless diagnostician of the innocence in which we bathe ourselves, and a continuing, unexpected influence on contemporary artists. Far from a banal painter of the ordinary, Halpern argues, Rockwell is someone we have not yet dared to see for the complex creature he is: a wholesome pervert, a knowing innocent, and a kitschy genius."--Jacket.

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