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Excellent articles
Excellent articles
Margit Hotchkiss July 15, 2013 at 6:20 AM
And the world's largest collection of original work by Norman Rockwell is held in Stockbridge, Mass; in the cultural mecca of the Berkshires, where the artist spent the final 25 years of his life. His actual studio is on view, on the 36 acre campus of Norman Rockwell Museum. www.nrm.org
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Kirsten Edwards July 13, 2013 at 9:30 AM
"Ironically, as illustration art has gained new critical appreciation, its methods and its market have largely disappeared

...And yet there's still a Newbery Award. The rise of illustration-friendly tablet e-book readers mean that the market for a well-illustrated children's book is alive and well and likely to endure through the digital revolution.

Then too, the popularity of spaces like Tumblr and of web comics (which include long-form storytelling), mean that artists like Brian Kesinger can publish illustrated books like "Walking Your Octopus," to both critical and popular acclaim. The rising popularity of manga means that exquisitely illustrated stories about the 19th century Silk road (The Bride's Story) are available: with any luck some of the art created within it (full page spreads of a Mongolian market, or women sewing) will find a home.

The market hasn't vanished: it's merely transmogrified.
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John A. Russell July 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM
How sad for you, to start your argument by stating that " even that perpetual promoter of modernism, New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl, concedes ..."

This is not the New Yorker of Raoul Fleishmann and Harold Ross, and Sherwood Anderson and E.B.White.

This is the hall of mirrors New Yorker where people mean something because they mean something to others to whom they accord the status of meaning something.
The Ingres quote is his observation that "Une chose bien dessinée est toujours assez bien peinte." A thing well drawn is always pretty well painted. Which makes sense as a process. Unlike, "what’s well-drawn is well-painted" which is platitude that some American hack like Norman Rockwell might have come up with.