Annie Leibovitz: Iconic Images At Palm Beach's Norton Museum

Iconic, grotesque, revealing, weird, kinky, kooky, scary, real: photographer Annie Leibovitz redefined portrait photography during the heady age of Andy Warhol and "Rolling Stone "magazine, where she spent ten years. She is now one of the most celebrated portrait photographers of our time, mixing art, insight, and image.


Newport Seen had to take in the new Leibovitz exhibit at The Norton Museum in West Palm Beach. The 39 images acquired by the Norton are a fascinating chronicle of the famous of our time.


“The Norton’s photography collection of more than 3,000 works spans the entire history of the medium. Annie Leibovitz is one of the most important portrait photographers of our time and as such deserves a prominent place in our encyclopedic permanent collection,” said Charles Stainback, Assistant Director of the Norton Museum of Art.


Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Newport Seen photo of image

© Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz has been documenting American popular culture since the early 1970s, when her work first began appearing in Rolling Stone. For nearly 30 years her photos have appeared regularly in Vanity Fair and Vogue. A retrospective of her work from 1970 to 1990 was presented by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the International Center of Photography in New York. "A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005" opened at the Brooklyn Museum and toured widely, including the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Leibovitz’s most recent exhibition, "Pilgrimage", opened at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. early this year. She is the recipient of many honors, including the rank of Commandeur in the French government's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


Celebrities photographed and on display included Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leonardo di Caprio, David Byrne, Tennessee Williams and Sean Coombs.


Tennesse Williams, playwright, Newport Seen photo of image

© Annie Leibovitz


Another fascinating exhibit was "Say it Loud" are by African and African American artists from the Norton's permanent collection.


                                                                        -- L.P.


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Sean Coombs with sports car, Newport Seen photo of image

© Annie Leibovitz

Mikhail Baryshnikov &Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris 1988.
New York City, Archival pigmaent print, copyright Annie Leibovita

The iconic Andy Warhol,Newport Seen photo of image

© Annie Leibovitz

The Norton Museum of Art's many offerings

Marvelous exhibit from the Norton's collection

A remarkable garment

Leonardo diCaprio & David Byrne, Newport Seen photo of image

© Annie Leibovitz on postcards













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