Dark Metropolis   Irving Norman's Social Surrealism

Crocker Art Museum and the Irving Norman Trust

Editied by Ray Day and Scott A. Shields


223 pages (12 x 9 inches), with 154 color plates

With essays by Michael Duncan, Charles C. Eldredge, Patricia Junker

and Scott A. Shields


An émégre from Russian held Vilnius, Lithuania who survived World War 1 as a child and witnessed the atrocities as a machine gunner for the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War, Irving Norman (1906-1989) painted with a dark vision at once personal and prophetic. Writing in Art in America, Michael Duncan described his paintings as "jaw-droppingly effective social indictments that would have been endorsed by Orwell and huxley. The unrestrained passion and monumental energy of this work blows most contemporary political art out of the water."


Norman's massive canvases abound with teeming figures, drone-like and mechanical in their repetition, yet stubbornly and hauntingly human. The combination of jewel-tone colors, transcendent messages, and technical virtuosity make his work unique in the history of American Art.



For more information contact Ray Day (415) 730 - 3670 or rayday2010@gmail.com

Here we are in 2017 and the film, though in " picture-lock form" is complete, it awaits music to add that special touch, the final color correction and audio mix. All in all it will cost $ 12,000 US to complete and I'll likely start one of those pesky funding campaigns within the next couple of months. Once complete and living a life of it's own I plan to send it to as many festivals overseas as I can afford. They do not know Irving's work and it would be interesting to see how they respond.

Here's to a successful 2017 for everyone despite the ever-growing insanity in Washington,DC. Irving would be astonished if he was alive today.

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