Surprise, Surprise: George Lucas and Steven Spielberg Think Norman Rockwell is Swell

10/01/2009 1:34 PM |

Nroman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post Cover

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are cooking up a mediocre blockbuster for the summer of 2010: an exhibition of their Normal Rockwell collections at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. According to the Washington Post, the two purveyors of American dreams since 1975 are pooling their collections of Rockwells for Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell From the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, which will be on view from July 2, 2010, through January 2, 2011 and feature some 50 paintings and prints from their private holdings.

Appropriately, the exhibition will be organized around parallels between Rockwell’s art and the movies. As Virginia M. Mecklenburg, a senior curator at the Smithsonian, told the Post: “Rockwell once said if he hadn’t been an illustrator, he would have loved to be a movie director. He was very careful about lighting and had a cinematic way of looking at things.” Of course, the announcement also confirms everything you might have imagined about Lucas and Spielberg’s taste in art: bo-ring! (Artinfo)

2 Comment

  • Regardless of easy Spielberg-likes-Rockwell-what-a-square-isms, I’d put his (Spielberg’s) art against almost any mainstream American director and plenty of non-mainstream ones too.

  • Agreed, some of Spielberg’s films are among my all-time favorites too