We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
BD: Are you familiar with the process of "re-eduation" that went on during Mao's regime? Destroy all religion, destroy the economic system, destroy the family, destroy icons of the former ideal, destroy . . . teach fear, deny free speech. . . etc., what don't you get about this new attack on Rockwell? Please tell me you are not so naive as to believe that it is just one more attempt to count who uses rubber duckies in the bath tub?
Not only was he gay but he was a closeted Muslim, socialist AND black. Some say he was an undocumented worker as well. Considering the new governor of New York and the current president, he should become the official progressive artist of record. Mapplethorpe, Angelou, Mandela, and the Grand Mufti are so envious.
Norman Rockwell seems to be saying, "I have the artistic capabilities to paint in an abstract style, but I choose not to." Which is what infuriated, and continues to infuriate all the modern art people.
Norman Rockwell did not march in lockstep with the intelligentsia, which infuriated them.
The highest price ever paid for an American painting, by the most famous American illustrator to ever hold a piece of charcoal. No one cares about his "story". They care more about "seeing" a country nobody can remember anymore.
I have the artistic capabilities to paint in the abstract style, as well as the non-objective style (which is the vomit that the connoisseur above is beating his eyes with) as well as Mr. Pollock's "action painting". These require little more than a solid understanding of color theory, a box of paints of reasonable quality and something to stick them on.
I however, have more taste and honor than to inflict such things on the world. Which is a pretty low bar really.
William O. B'Livion
Many preadolescent children can produce a piece of abstract art which would be deemed good production by an adult, but cannot yet match adult representational art.
[I added preadolescent because I recall that a cousin in her high school years produced some pretty good representational drawings.]
He was a pedophile because he featured a lot of boys in his works? I would suggest that being a longtime illustrator for Boys Life magazine (the Boy Scouts publication) might have had something to do with his choice of subject matter.