Irving Norman1906-1989

Crocker Art Museum
Sacramento, CA

$12,500 toward Irving Norman: Paintings of Our Time, an exhibition on the painter with accompanying catalogue, organized by museum curator Scott A. Shields and Hela Norman. Born in Poland, Norman came to the United States in 1923 and as a painter, explored representational imagery with a strong social message. He served as an American volunteer for the international brigade and his response to the atrocities of war are reflected in the monumental scale of his paintings, which depict teams of swarming figures, clone-like in their repetition, constricted by small urban spaces, city streets, and subways.