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The Walt Disney Company opened the newly refurbished offices of the company’s founder on Monday, saying the modest space should serve as inspiration to a new generation of film, television and content creators.

As the media conglomerate celebrates the 75th anniversary of its move to its Burbank headquarters, CEO Bob Iger said the Disney offices remind him, other employees and visitors of the founder’s “devotion to his family, his curiosity and his relentless creative passion.”

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The National Press Club and its affiliated journalism institute will sell a Norman Rockwell painting the artist gave them more than 50 years ago and bank the estimated $10- to $15-million windfall to support future programs.

The painting — “Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor” – was completed for the Saturday Evening Post in 1946. Part of a Rockwell series featuring his visits to everyday places across the nation, including a school and a doctor’s office, it depicts Monroe County Appeal editor Jack Blanton in his newsroom in Paris, Mo. The artist, with his trademark pipe, is pictured walking through the door of the Appeal carrying his portfolio.

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Other than causing traffic jams in September, when world leaders descend on the General Assembly, it’s hard to say what impact the United Nations has on the heartbeat of New York City.

I suppose it helps bolster our claim as a cosmopolitan metropolis—indeed as the capital of the world—but the average New Yorker already knew that.

The fact that I can’t remember the last time I visited—it may have been in high school—suggests that its role in the life of the city is less than integral.

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In 1952—at the peak of the Cold War, and two years into the Korean War—Norman Rockwell drafted an image of the United Nations, intending to portray the young organization and its Security Council members as a global symbol of hope. United Nations (1953) only reached a final drawing stage, though Rockwell’s similarly-themed 1961 painting Golden Rule was eventually installed as a large mosaic in the UN building. This summer, Stockbridge, Massachusetts’ Norman Rockwell Museum will honor the 70th anniversary of the international organization with an unparalleled Rockwell exhibition at the UN headquarters....

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“I showed the America I knew,” Norman Rockwell once declared. His America, of course, is the one many of us know and love. We recognize in his famous images the energetic and optimistic folks who are emblematic of this nation’s spirit.

You can immerse yourself in Rockwell’s heart-warming, and sometimes heart-rending, visions of America’s soul at the Tampa Museum of Art. “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell,” includes his original oil paintings as well as the magazine tear sheets. More than 320 "Saturday Evening Post" covers are in the show from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

For more than 60 years, this lanky, pipe-smoking fellow, who had the air of a gawky clerk in a country store, set out his vision of this country on magazine covers and illustrations.

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Despite the bitter cold temperatures heading into Valentine’s Day, a painting at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts is sure to warm some hearts.

“I guess having lived with this for 40 years I’d have to say it’s my favorite.”

The thing Bill Millis has been living with for 40 years is love…in fact, "Puppy Love." The instantly recognizable painting captures a young boy with his arm around a pigtailed girl’s waist sitting on a sagging wooden plank bench staring off into the moon.

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014 11:28

Works from the Norman Rockwell Museum Head to Rome

In May of 1914, a young Norman Rockwell entered artwork in his first exhibition: a group show at the New Rochelle Public Library in New Rochelle, New York. He was 20 years old.

One hundred years later, a traveling exhibition of some of Rockwell’s most iconic original works is making its European debut. Organized by Norman Rockwell Museum, "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell" will be on view at the Fondazione Roma-Arte-Musei in Rome, Italy through February 8, 2015. "American Chronicles" has been traveling across America for seven years, garnering record audiences wherever it has opened; Rome is its only trans-Atlantic venue.

“This year, Norman Rockwell Museum celebrates its 45th anniversary, and our outreach has never been greater as we strive to meet the public demand for Rockwell’s work,” says Museum Director/CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt, who spoke to members of the press this morning at the Fondazione’s media preview.

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The collection of Edith and C.C. Johnson Spink has given the St. Louis Art Museum 225 works valued at no less than $50 million, including two paintings by Norman Rockwell, two each by Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, and more than 200 works of Asian art.

The Rockwells and Wyeths are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. But it is the Asian pottery, ceramics, bronzes, glass and jade, some thousands of years old, that will make the largest impact on the museum’s collection, officials said Tuesday.

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Friday, 10 October 2014 10:58

Crystal Bridges Tackles Contemporary Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in 2011 in Wal-Mart's hometown, Bentonville, Arkansas, with a respectable collection of work by famous artists from Norman Rockwell's "Rosie the Riveter" to a George Washington portrait by Gilbert Stuart.

But the museum has just opened a massive exhibition of contemporary art called "State of the Art" that could be a game-changer. The museum is sometimes mocked by critics from outside the region for its location and Wal-Mart connections — its permanent collection was funded by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton — but the new show represents a serious effort to introduce contemporary art to a mainstream audience far from the rarefied galleries of hipster neighborhoods and urban centers.

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Deborah Solomon has been desperately trying to outrun the truth ever since American Mirror, her biography of my grandfather, Norman Rockwell, came out last November. But the truth is catching up with her.

Solomon's biography is one of the biggest non-fiction literary snow jobs in the last 50 years -- it makes the James Frey memoir debacle look like child's play. At least Frey took liberties by embellishing his own life, not defaming one of America's most beloved painters. Deborah Solomon doesn't just bend the truth, she breaks it. Many people are aware of the controversy, but few know and understand how Solomon has falsified almost every source she could get her hands on. This is not about differing opinions -- this is about an art critic who went out of her way to falsify, misquote, omit, distort and mischaracterize news stories, obituaries, my grandfather's autobiography (My Adventures As An Illustrator), his journal, my grandmother's letters, an insurance letter, a New Yorker article, and many other sources.

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