Is Illustration Too Powerful?: The Impact of the work of Harvey Dunn, John Held, and Norman Rockwell
In conjunction with the exhibition American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, Reed will discuss Rockwell’s compass of visual expression, as well as that of others who were his contemporaries. He will also address various criticisms of illustration over the decades and how illustrators have succeeded or failed in dealing with them.
About Roger Reed
Roger T. Reed is the proprietor of Illustration House, a publisher, auction house, and gallery dedicated to the art of illustration. Over the decades, Illustration House amassed a large archive of historical material, including a quarter-million tearsheets and thousands of books and magazines. Under Roger’s supervision, this material is becoming the Walt Reed Illustration Archive, part of the Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Roger grew up in Westport, Connecticut, a hub of the illustration world, and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass, as well as studying art and filmmaking in Europe. He has contributed to the Journal of Illustration, American Art Review, the History of Illustration project (soon to be a major textbook), and he curated the first museum exhibition of the work of J. C. Leyendecker, at the Norman Rockwell Museum, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1997.