Art Review: Rockwell at the Frist

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A classic American artist's work is at the Frist through Sunday, Feb. 9.

An undeniable artistic treat awaits your family through Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts with the exhibit, American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., this breathtaking exhibit truly highlights the unforgettable work of one of America’s most legendary and distinctive artists, spanning 56 years of his work from 1914 – 1970. What’s interesting about Rockwell (1894 – 1978) is that his work is so iconic, yet he was never a gallery artist. Instead, his art told stories on the covers and inside pages of publications like Ladies Home Journal, Look, Boys’ Life and most notably, The Saturday Evening Post. The keen attention to detail in Rockwell’s work is immense, and it speaks of a simpler era before everyone was running around constantly connected to some kind of device. Each picture tells a particular story striking an emotional chord. Part of what propelled Rockwell to fame was his depiction of children during a changing American landscape; kids will surely find these images fascinating. The final gallery is the most thrilling. There, you can see all 323 of the artist’s The Saturday Evening Post covers. Be sure to pick up the Family Guide for the exhibit. Inside, kids can learn more about the art through activities. Rockwell at the Frist is fun for all ages. The Frist is located at 919 Broadway, Nashville. Hours are Mon – Wed and Sat 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thu – Fri 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 1 – 5:30 p.m. Admission is $10 adults, free ages 18 and younger. Call 244-3340 or visit fristcenter.org.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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