Stockbridge, MA, January 4, 2013—In conjunction with its new exhibition, “Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross,” Norman Rockwell Museum will take the time to honor real-life heroes during a community celebration to be held at the Museum on Saturday, January 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. The afternoon event will celebrate true superheroes in the region—from police and firefighters to veterans, medical professionals, and other community caregivers. The day’s tribute will include personal commentary, refreshments, and tours of the “Heroes & Villains” exhibition. The event is free with Museum admission, or free for “hometown heroes” and their families (i.e. active military, teachers, police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians) with proper identification.
Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross
On view through February 24, 2013
Explore the first museum exhibition celebrating the art of Alex Ross, called the “Norman Rockwell of comics” for his photorealistic paintings of superheroes. Organized by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the exhibition features more than 130 works, including paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures from Ross’ personal collection. Spanning the acclaimed artist’s life and career, the exhibition features rarely-seen works—from his early crayon drawing of Spider-Man, created at the age of four, to his groundbreaking work for such books as “Marvels,” “Justice,” and “Kingdom Come.” “Heroes & Villains” reveals Ross’ personal and artistic goal to redefine comic books for a new generation. The exhibition also pays homage to the artist’s inspirations, including original work by his mother Lynette Ross (who was also a successful illustrator), Andrew Loomis, and Norman Rockwell. Also featured in the exhibition are works by Andy Warhol, a huge comic book fan, including his Myths series, which mirrors many of the subjects depicted in Ross’ work.