Gopnik's Daily Pic: Rockwell and the art of propaganda
By Blake Gopnik
The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com.
Norman Rockwell's "Polley Voos Fransay?," a 1917 oil in the collection of George Lucas, on show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
I'm still grappling with Rockwell, as I think we all need to. Can someone be a genius of our visual culture, and also a terrible artist - or is the distinction incoherent? What is the difference between Rockwell's "Capitalist Realism" and the "Socialist Realism" of his Soviet and Chinese contemporaries? Is propaganda only bad art when it's in the wrong cause?
| October 22, 2010; 8:31 AM ET
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