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In discussing the New York Times article entitled, Reimagining Norman Rockwell’s America...

Rockwell (one of my favorite artists of all time, who I often find inspiration from) painted American scenes in settings such as fishing ponds, barber shops, doctors offices, classrooms, and even around the dinner table.  This article discusses how artist Hank Willis Thomas saw a poster of a Rockwell painting and saw little diversity and decided to recreate his own, showing a more diverse guest list. He is not the only artist to do a recreation like this, as Rockwell’s characters have been replaced by many different ethnicities and genders.  However, I didn’t like this article. It almost seems to pin Rockwell as this typical, white-male artist making art only about white people staying in their gender roles. Rockwell has created several works expressing his hopes for equality among all people such as The Problem We All Live With in 1963 and also The Golden Rule in 1961.  Although I appreciate the ideals of these contemporary artists, it’s just disappointing the most readers won’t do more research than just this one article, not seeing this other work, and will think of him in a way that I feel is unjust.

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In discussing the New York Times article entitled, Outrage Follows a Painter From the Whitney Biennial to Boston...

When it comes to who can make certain art and who can’t, I think that’s where things get blurry for me.  This question was posed in a course I recently had here at Point Park - “Should an artist be allowed to create whatever they want?”  The class uproars with yes’s at first, then began to stir; “Well someone shouldn’t be allowed to make art that is offensive to another group”.  I thought to myself, why not? Most of us would not agree with what was being presented, myself included, but wouldn’t you rather these ideas be presented in a space where discussion can take place?  An educated debate where you can learn where that individual is coming from within his or her ideas and then rebuttal with your thoughts? Possibly helping them to see the other side of things? I know I’m definitely more of a visual person so expressing my thoughts through art first is a lot easier than jumping straight to words.  I think the art world is a great place to spark debate and could even be a helpful tool in better understanding one another.