Critics would likely seize upon the sight to observe that popular approval does not equal artistic quality, especially when the art in question is insufficiently socially aware. Certainly that’s the view of Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik, who in reviewing the show derided Rockwell as the cowardly, “aw, shucks” epitome of Middle America. Rockwell “doesn’t challenge any of us, or himself, to think new thoughts or try new acts or look with fresh eyes,” wrote Gopnik. “From the docile realism of his style to the received ideas of his subjects, Rockwell reliably keeps us right in the middle of our comfort zone.”That view is so tired and pathetic, as Cole points out. And here is a visual, to drive home the point:
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
At City Journal, Ryan Cole has a nice summary of a popular new Rockwell exhibit.
Posted by Tom at 10:28 AM