Telling Stories, based on the Rockwell collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, is the first major exhibition to explore in-depth the connections between Norman Rockwell’s iconic images of American life and the movies. Two of America’s best-known modern filmmakers—George Lucas and Steven Spielberg—recognized a kindred spirit in Rockwell and formed significant collections of his work. Rockwell’s paintings and the films of Lucas and Spielberg evoke love of country, small town values, children growing up, unlikely heroes, acts of imagination and life’s ironies.

Telling Stories Norman Rockwell book (seen below) accompanies an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and was written by Mecklenburg with a contribution by Todd McCarthy, a film critic for Variety.

Within Rockwell’s art, the fantasies and foibles of ordinary people are given life, central among them the themes of love of country, the sanctity of family, and the value of personal honor.

A 12-minute film, co-produced by the museum and filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau, will be shown continuously in the exhibition galleries. It features interviews with Lucas and Spielberg that reveal their insights into Rockwell’s art and why certain works appealed to them.

You can see a portion of the exhibit for Telling Stories Norman Rockwell here.

The exhibition runs through January 2, 2011 at the American Art Museum.


Roy Lichtenstein‘s exhibition Kunst als Motiv at Museum Ludwig, one can discover a completely different side to his art. In around 100 exhibits, predominantly large-sized paintings as well as accompanying drawings and sculptures, you can follow how he explored various styles from art history, ranging from Expressionism and Futurism to the Bauhaus, Art Déco and even east Asian landscape painting.

Continue reading “Art News: Roy Lichtenstein at Museum Ludwig and Casey Gray Exhibition ‘Ill Romantic’” »

This humorous advert for the group Língua de Trapo plays upon the famous iconic image on The Beatles Abbey Road album cover.

I gather this is how The Beatles felt after their first U.S. visit which was in February of 1964.

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T-shirt Design from Threadless. ‘Types of People’ by Ben Foot. Are you a cat person or a dog person?

I would say we’re a bit of both. Which type of person are you?

A new stop motion video by street artist Blu which shows an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life … and how it could probably end.

Directed and animated by Blu.

Photographer Albi Serafty and designer Ayala Serafty established Aqua Creations in 1994 with the idea of creating lighting and furniture with a design approach. They have accomplished this with beautiful lighting creations which turns light into art. Aqua Creations is based in Tel Aviv.

Nhow Hotel Lobby Makeover, Salone Design Fair – Milan, Italy 2009

If memory serves correctly, we have seen some of these lighting creations at the W Hotel on 14th Street in New York City.

Visit the Aqua Creations website to see other works and their amazing furniture creations too.

‘The Cinematic Orchestra cover Lilac Wine” is an advertisement for Doc Marten’s 50th anniversary. It is a beautiful visual animation. Check it out. The track was made famous by Jeff Buckley in 1994. The music video is directed by Blind.

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