Thursday, June 25, 2015

Norman Rockwell's United Nations Event

This summer, Norman Rockwell Museum will honor the 70th anniversary of the United Nations with an unprecedented exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters, uniting the mosaic with Rockwell’s Golden Rule painting, his United Nations drawing, and other works that reflect the artist’s personal beliefs in universal commonalities of mankind as a “citizen of the world.”

“Norman Rockwell’s United Nations brings the UN Charter to life,” notes United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “It is a reminder that the United Nations remains the home and hope of ‘we the peoples.’”

Organized by Norman Rockwell Museum with support from the United Nations Foundation, We the Peoples features 33 original artworks, including the artist’s rarely seen 1953 drawing, United Nations. Along with 1961’s Golden Rule painting, the exhibition will feature idea sketches, color studies, and notes for both artworks.

A selection of reference photos taken by the artist at the UN, featuring several of its ambassadors and members of its Security Council, will also be displayed, along with photographs of local models, taken in his Arlington, Vermont studio in 1952, as reference for the artwork.

Other highlights from the exhibition include a series of travel paintings and drawings created by Norman Rockwell in the early 1960s, featuring spontaneous oil portraits of citizens from India and Russia; 1955 drawings from the artist’s sketchbook reflect his observations during a worldwide trip for Pan American Airlines’ advertising campaign; and two paintings of the Peace Corps in India, created for Look magazine in 1966, showcase Rockwell’s idealism and hopeful outlook for the future; digital reproductions of some of his most iconic Civil Rights era paintings also will be included. Additional archival documents and video will support the exhibition.

We the Peoples: Norman Rockwell’s United Nations will be on view at the UN’s Visitors Center in New York City, from June 20 through September 15, 2015.

Save the The University Visual Resources Centre
at MMU

Posting this from Gary Spicer, Senior Lecturer at Stockport College:

The 60’s challenged orthodoxies with new and emergent voices on feminism, social and political activism, anti-war protests, all important stuff. This Allen Jones image from 1968 is risky and challenging, and easily offends. It was always guaranteed to kick off when Jones was discussed in what was then called ‘Liberal Studies’ at Manchester Poly in 1978 when I did my foundation course.

Easy to see why, and this image Desire Me is relatively tame. Chair made in 1969, which is essentially a women formed as a piece of furniture had people frothing at the mouth, but I loved it. When asked about his work in general, Jones suggested to Marco Livingstone - and this is slightly abridged – that “Confronted with an abstract statement people readily defer to an expert; but confronted with an erotic statement everyone is an expert. It seems to me a democratic idea that art should be accessible to everyone on some level, and eroticism in one such level”. Great talking points, getting to the heart of what art should or ‘could’ be and ideas that were evolving alongside ones own emerging self awareness.

Vastly different and at odds with anything I do in my practice but that's what’s good. Laura Mulvey, Griselda Pollock et al got in a real lather in the day over Jones’s work and in ‘Fears, Fantasies and theMale Unconscious or “You Don’t Know What is Happening, Do You Mr. Jones? (1972) Mulvey drew on Freudian theory calling the work fetishistic, claiming it was the result of a castration complex about which Jones was unaware and concluded, “Women are simply the scenery onto which men project their narcissistic fantasies. The time has come for us to take over the show and exhibit our own fears and desires” and she was absolutely right, it was. I loved learning about stuff like this and getting to grips with complex and contentious issues and writing about it, as I did in my dissertation way back then. And I remember seeing this slide shone through with light, as it clunked in the carousel and slipped straight into my consciousness, nestling as it did, in what was then a fledgling constellation of my historical and cultural knowledge.

The University Visual Resources Centre is not only an extensive collection of images, it is a record of how and what we were taught in a world that wasn't so instant, in a world where things took a little more time and were not so disposable. It would be a shame if we were to oversee the disposal of this archive.

Friday, June 12, 2015

3x3 International Illustration Annual
Winners Announced

Best of Show Crystal Award and Gold Medal
The judging is complete and here are the results. Thanks to all our judges for their tireless devotion to judging each of our shows. And thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s annual.

Congratulations to all our winners!

Professional Show

Best of Show
Allen Crawford, United States — Books

Ofra Amit, Israel — Corporate Communications

Lasse Skarbövik,  Sweden— Posters

Emma Virke, Sweden — Animation

Emiliano Ponzi, Italy — Covers

Otto Steininger, United States — Covers

Natalya Balnova, United States — Self-Promotion

Andre Carrilho, Portugal — Comic/Cartoons

Peter Diamond, Austria — Books

Distinguished Merit
Scott Bakal, United States — Books

Jody Hewgill, Canada — Editorial: Portraits

Paul Hoppe, United States — Covers

Lasse Skarbövik, Sweden— Advertising

Mark Smith, United Kingdom — Covers

Find Merits and Honorable Mentions here.

Picture Book Show

Best of Show
Catarina Sobral, Portugal — Children’s Book Published

Page Tsou, Taiwan — Children’s Book Published

Kate Hindley, United Kingdom — Children’s Book Published
Catarina Sobral, Portugal — Children’s Editorial

Marion Arbona, France — Children’s Book Published
Daniel Bueno, Brazil— Children’s Book Unpublished
Roya M., United States — Children’s Illustration Unpublished

Distinguished Merit
Marta Monteiro, Portugal — Young Adult
Kelly Murphy, United Kingdom — Children’s Illustration Published
John Parra, United Kingdom — Children’s Book Published

Find Merit and Honorable Mentions here.

Student Show

Best of Show
Yukai Du, United Kingdom — Central Saint Martins College Of Art And Design

Karol Banach, Poland — Nicolaus Copernicus University

Jing Li, United States — Savannah College Of Art And Design, Atlanta
Elyse Salazar, United States — Savannah College Of Art And Design, Atlanta
Hong Chen, Canada — OCAD University
Long Hui (Spencer) Wang, Canada — OCAD University

Yohey Horishita, United Kingdom — Savannah College Of Art And Design, Atlanta
Ariel Wollek, Germany — UDK Berlin
Or Yogev, Israel— Bezalel Academy Of Arts And Design, Jerusalem

Distinguished Merit
Yin Yeh, United States — Minneapolis College Of Art And Design
Elena Lloyd, United States — Parsons The New School for Design
Kate O'Hara, United States — The University Of The Arts
Dola Sun, United States — Savannah College Of Art And Design
Picture Book
Ariel Wollek, Israel — Bezalel Academy Of Arts And Design, Jerusalem

Find Merit and Honorable Mentions here.

We will be starting on the design and production of the Annual next week with an anticipated delivery by year-end. Congratulations again to all of our winners.