Thoughts on Democracy: Reinterpreting Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedom Posters

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Thoughts on Democracy is comprised of graphic works that express ideals at the core of American democracy. Invited by The Wolfsonian, sixty leading contemporary artists and designers were asked to consider Norman Rockwell’s 1943 paintings, also reproduced as posters by the US Office of War Information, that conveyed the meaning of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech to Congress and the American people. Rallying the country to defend the democratic way of life in 1941 when Europe was at war, FDR envisioned a world “founded upon four essential human freedoms”—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. Some of the participating artists involved in the project are Neville Brody, Seymour Chwast, Wim Crouwel, Elliott Earls, Richard Tuttle, Lawrence Weiner, Paula Scher, Francesco Vezzoli, Chip Kidd, and Italo Lupi, among others.