- Imprint: Abrams Books
- Publication Date: July 1, 2010
- Price: $65.00
- Trim Size: 9 x 12
- ISBN: 0-8109-9651-0
- EAN: 9780810996519
- Page Count: 252
- Illustrations: 118 full-color illustrations and 25 black-and-white illustrations
- Format: Hardcover
- Rights: World English
Telling Stories, based on the Rockwell collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, is the first book to chart the connections between Rockwell’s iconic depictions of American life and the movies. Rockwell, the quintessential American mythmaker of the 20th century, was a storyteller on a par with the great Hollywood directors of his time, and touched the lives of the two most successful directors of our day. Within Rockwell’s art, the fantasies and foibles of ordinary people are given life, central among them the themes of love of country, the sanctity of family, and the value of personal honor. Telling Stories, which accompanies an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is richly illustrated with Rockwell images, photographs, and film stills.
About the authors
Virginia M. Mecklenburg is a senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Among her books are Modern Masters, Edward Hopper: The Watercolors, and Metropolitan Lives: The Ashcan Artists and Their New York, which won the Alfred H. Barr Jr. award in 1997.
Todd McCarthy is the longtime chief film critic for Variety. His books include Kings of the Bs, Howard Hawks, and Fast Women: The Legendary Ladies of Racing. He won an Emmy Award for writing the documentary Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer.