Norman Rockwell Museum Announces First Retrospective Exhibition of Legendary Comic Book Artist Frank Miller
Out of the Darkness: The Art of Frank Miller
On View Summer/Fall 2019
Out of the Darkness: The Art of Frank Miller is the first comprehensive museum exhibition devoted to renowned comic book artist Frank Miller, whose award-winning work helped to transform the comic book industry and redefine the look and feel of today’s superhero films. The exhibition will examine Miller’s distinctive style, with examples from throughout his prolific forty-year career. These will include his designs for specific characters, such as Wolverine, Daredevil, Elektra, and an aging, vengeful Batman who battles Superman, and his creation of entire comic books, graphic novels, and films, including, Sin City, 300, and Ronin, among others. A video, specially produced by the Norman Rockwell Museum, will feature commentary from comic book artists influenced by Miller.
June through October 2019
Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Jesse Kowalski, Curator of Exhibitions, Norman Rockwell Museum
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with essays by comic book and pop culture historians, as well as Mr. Kowalski.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Frank Miller (born 1957) is among the most influential comic book artists of his generation. Recognized for his dramatic storytelling and gritty noir aesthetic across genres, including comics, graphic novels, and film, Miller is best known for such works as Ronin; Daredevil; The Dark Knight Returns; Sin City; and 300, among others. His recent work includes DC’s best-selling comic series, “Dark Knight III: The Master Race,” a nine-issue second sequel to “The Dark Knight Returns,” which he wrote in collaboration with Brian Azzarello.
Miller made his feature-film directorial debut in 2005 with the adaptation of the graphic novel Sin City, which he co-directed with Robert Rodriguez. The critically acclaimed film was nominated for a Palme d’Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and for the Czech Lion, and won the Austin Film Critics Award. In 2015 Miller and Rodriguez returned as co-directors of a sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
The Sin City books have garnered numerous awards, including two Harvey awards for Best Graphic Album of Original Work in 1998 and for Best Continuing Series in 1996; and six Eisner Awards, including those for Best Writer/Artist, Best Graphic Novel Reprint, Best Cartoonist, Best Cover Artist, Best Limited Series, and Best Short Story. In 2015, Miller was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards Hall of Fame for his lifetime of contributions to the industry.
About the Norman Rockwell Museum
The Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to education and art appreciation inspired by the legacy of Norman Rockwell. The Museum holds the world’s largest and most significant collection of art and archival materials relating to Rockwell’s life and work, while also preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting a growing collection of art by other American illustrators throughout history. Through onsite and traveling exhibitions, as well as publications, arts and humanities programs, and comprehensive online resources the Museum engages diverse audiences as it explores the impact of illustrated images and their role in shaping and reflecting our world.
The recently established Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies supports sustained scholarship in American illustration. The first program of its kind in the nation, the Rockwell Center places the Museum in the vanguard of the preservation and interpretation of published imagery, a critically important but understudied aspect of American visual culture.
The Norman Rockwell Museum advances social good through the civic values of learning, respect, and inclusion, and is committed to upholding the rights and dignity of all people through the universal messages of humanity and kindness portrayed by Norman Rockwell.
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