March 10 through May 28, 2012

Portrait of Tony Bennett, by Everett Raymond Kinstler, 2006. Oil on canvas. 24" x 36". Collection of the artist. ©2006 Everett Raymond Kinstler. All rights reserved.

Portrait of Tony Bennett, by Everett Raymond Kinstler, 2006. Oil on canvas. 24″ x 36″. Collection of the artist. ©2006 Everett Raymond Kinstler. All rights reserved.

Highly-regarded as a prominent American portraitist, Everett Raymond Kinstler began his career as a comic book artist and illustrator working for the popular publications of his day. The artist’s original illustrations and portraits of noted celebrities—from Katharine Hepburn, Tony Bennett, and Tom Wolfe to artists James Montgomery Flagg, Alexander Calder, and Will Barnet will be on view in a lively installation that explores the process of capturing likenesses of his subjects for posterity. This exhibition is presented as part of Norman Rockwell Museum’s Distinguished Illustrator Series, honoring the unique contributions of outstanding visual communicators today. Presented by the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the nation’s first research institute devoted to the art of illustration, the Distinguished Illustrator Series reflects the impact and evolution of Norman Rockwell’s beloved profession, exploring a diverse and ever-changing field.

Support for Everett Raymond Kinstler: Pulps to Portraits  is made possible in part through the generosity of The Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, Mr & Mrs. Ernest Steiner, Drs. Irma and Andrew Hilton, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Shane Neal, Mr. James Parkman, Mrs. Helen Powell, Mrs. Thomas Evans, Mr. & Mrs. Ray Ellis, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Horvitz, and Mr. Forrest E. Mars, Jr.

Additional support has been provided by Mr. & Mrs. Tony Bennett, Mr. Arcadio Casillas, Ms. Mary Higgins Clark, Mr. William J. Flynn, Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Dougherty, Mr. & Mrs. Alfred U. Elser, Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Peter Martin, Mr. & Mrs. George Munroe, Mr. Marne Obernauer, Jr., Mr. John Doyle Ong, Mr. & Mrs. Russell Palmer, Mr. & Mrs. Alex Rosenberg, and Dr. John Silber.

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