Project DescriptionRESTORATION OF AN EXISTING SUMMER COTTAGE WHICH WAS USED IN NORMAN ROCKWELL'S - CLOSING A SUMMER COTTAGE. THIS 625 SQ. FT.COTTAGE IS LOCATED IN "THE HAMPTONS" ON DUNE ROAD IN QUOGUE, NY. THE COTTAGE WAS RESTORED BY THE PRESENT OWNER.
According to Schick, there is probably only one Norman Rockwell photograph that was taken without the artist’s intention of every turning it into a painting. It was Closing A Summer Cottage, Quogue, New York (above), a 1957 Kodak Colorama that hung in New York’s Grand Central Terminal; it featured a paneled station wagon (that seems to reference his famous 1947 diptych Coming and Going) outside the type of simple, shingled beach cottage that is no longer built in the Hamptons and that middle class families can no longer afford. A six-foot long version of that photograph will be hanging at the entrance to the exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum (which will move to the Brooklyn Museum in February 2011). “I love that photograph,” says Schick. “It looks like the characters stepped out of one of his paintings.”