Mort Künstler, "How Real Soldiers Live," 2011.

Mort Künstler, “How Real Soldiers Live,” 2011. Oil on canvas. Collection of the artist. ©Mort Künstler Inc. All rights reserved.

Stockbridge, MA, November 7, 2014—In conjunction with its newest exhibition, Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure, Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Imagining History,” an evening for educators with artist Mort Künstler on Friday, November 14, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For decades, Mr. Künstler has been crafting scenes of the American Revolution and Civil War, its heroes, and other important moments in history, through paintings that reflect his dedication to research and accuracy. Educators and the general public are invited to join the artist for a special exhibition preview that will explore his process of reconstructing and portraying our nation’s history. Curriculum connections for art, history and the social sciences will be drawn, related to Künstler’s highly detailed subjects. Refreshments will be served. Admission to the evening talk costs $10, free for Museum members. To RSVP, the public is invited to call: 413.931.2221 or email: rsvp@nrm.org.

Family Day! The Art of Adventure
Saturday, November 29, 1 to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the art of adventure during this family fun afternoon of performances, talks, tours, and a book/print signing by Mort Künstler. Storyteller Tony Toledo and sportsmen Rick Moon and Doug McDevitt will also be along for the ride. Free with Museum admission.

Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure
On view through March 8, 2015

Known today for his meticulously researched historical paintings of such subjects as the Civil War, Mort Künstler is also a prolific illustrator, who has worked on a broad spectrum of assignments in different genres for over 60 years. Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure presents the first thorough retrospective of the artist’s career—from paperback book jackets and men’s adventure magazine illustrations, to movie posters, model kit boxes, and advertisements for prominent corporations. Künstler’s dramatic images, conceived in every possible genre, will be the focus of the exhibition, along with his historical paintings that capture the heroes and battles of the American Civil War. The exhibition will document the artist’s transition from traditional illustrator to historical narrative painter, whose limited edition signed prints have attracted a large and appreciative audience. Künstler’s artistic influences, which include Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, N.C. Wyeth, and Norman Rockwell, will be explored and represented in the exhibition, as well as childhood drawings that chart the development of his considerable artistic skills.

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