"In truth, the re-appreciation of Norman Rockwell has been going on for a while. Go back to Steven Spielberg’s 1987 film Empire of the Sun, and you’ll see a tableau early in the movie—a mother and father lovingly tucking in a boy (who happens to have been played by the young Christian Bale)—modeled explicitly upon Rockwell’s famous painting Freedom from Fear. Even back in the 80s, when the default hipster take on Rockwell was that he was a cornball moralist, at least a few people recognized his narrative acuity.
"Art is up to the beholder, not the critic. The critics get remunerated even when they are wrong, just like the weather person. Who do we need, the Rockwells or the intellectuals?"
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