Wednesday, January 16, 2013

THE ART OF THURSDAY: Annie Leibovitz exhibition kicks off at Norton Museum of Art

Norton Museum of Art

1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-832-5196,

Annie Leibovitz, an exhibition of 39 of the renowned photographer's works, is the result of 10 months of negotiations that resulted in the Norton becoming the first museum to own this large of a body of her work.

While the photographs offer celebrity portraiture more subtle than Leibovitz's famed depiction of Whoopee Goldberg, Steve Martin and John and Yoko, Norton Museum of Art assistant director Charles Stainback, the exhibition's curator,  deems these portraits even more provocative and interesting.

The exhibition, according to Norton, "shifts the focus from Leibovitz’s elaborately-staged sittings to work that is direct, straightforward and relies on an essential element of all great portraits – a vital connection between artist and subject."

The show, which features black-and-white and color images, will include American Soldiers and Mary, Queen of the Negritos, Clark Air Base, The Philippines (1968); Cindy Sherman, New York City (1992); The Reverend Al Sharpton, Prima Donna Beauty Care Center, Brooklyn, New York (1988) and portraits of Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Andy Warhol and others.

The exhibition will open to the public during Art After Dark, which runs 5-9 p.m. Jan. 17 and will include two hours of mix-tape music (in the atrium) of David Byrne, Rolling Stones, Blues Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Patti Smith and other musicians Leibovitz has photographed, as well as a sketchbooking activity, a 6:30 p.m. tour of the exhibition and live blues music from David Shelley and Bluestone.

The exhibition will run through June 9. Admission to the museum is $12, $5 for students and free for kids 12 and under.

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