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LeftyMcKay
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For those who didn't make it to Stockton late last year, The Fullerton Museum is now hosting the J. C. Leyendecker: America's "Other" Illustrator exhibition from now until November 18.

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OFFBEAT
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Thanks for posting this! I almost forgot!!!

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Wow! Thanks for posting that!
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I love Leyendeckers works!!! thanks!

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I love Leyendecker. When I was in NY several years ago, I convinced my wife to help me hunt down his home in New Rochelle, Westchester County. It's a beautiful place, but if I remember right it had been converted into some type of pre-school. It was early in the morning so I didn't dare knock on the door.
Here are some things I remember about J.C. from an illustration history class (some of these could be wrong, it's been a while. Feel free to correct me):
His brother Frank was also an excellent illustrator, but died relatively young (in his 50's I think) of a drug overdose.
Joseph believed in living beyond his means as a way of inspiring him to keep working. Not necessarily wise, but illustrators got paid a lot more back then.
He had a brief falling out with Norman Rockwell over Rockwell's adoption and reliance on using a balopticon (an early overhead projector) for his illustrations.

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OFFBEAT
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I went to this show on Sunday.. EXCELLENT SHOW!!!
Leyendecker is truly amazing. Seeing the work in the flesh is awe inspiring!!

For those that can't make it down to Fullerton, the Haggin Museum has a very nice photo gallery of the show, and a downloadable lecture..
http://hagginmuseum.org/exhibitions/leyendecker/index.html

This guy posted pics from the show on his blog here..
http://www.louisgonzales.com/blog/?p=33

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Baffles me that there are some people whou wouldn't consider this art.

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quote:
He had a brief falling out with Norman Rockwell over Rockwell's adoption and reliance on using a balopticon (an early overhead projector) for his illustrations.
They must've patched things up.. cause Rockwell was one of his pallbearers.

I like their relationship.. Rockwell being considered America's Illustrator.. small town and apple pie and Leyendecker was a coke-addict homosexual (during McCarthyism, was a big social faux pas).. and they seemed like best of friends.

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these are really awesome. i dont live out there otehrwise i'd definitely check this show out.

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I thought this thread deserved to be on General Discussion so I moved it up.
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