The images captured by Annie Leibovitz are seared onto the collective consciousness. A nude John Lennon wrapped around his (fully clothed) wife, Yoko Ono, famously photographed hours before his assassination. A young, and very pregnant, Demi Moore holding her belly with one hand and shielding her nakedness with the other. Nicole Kidman floating in a cloud of tulle amid the golden glow of Klieg lights.
|Legendary ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov (left) and dancer/choreographer Mark Morris, co-founders of the White Oak Dance Project, photographed by Leibovitz in 1988 in New York City.|
Indeed, a moment caught by Leibovitz’s lens is not merely a fleeting instant frozen in time; it is beauty immortalized, a quirk stripped bare, the human spirit, in all its flaws and triumphs, unabashedly celebrated. It is impossible to look at one of her photographs and not feel emotion: empathy, envy, admiration, shock, even rage.
The legendary photographer, who has been chronicling American popular culture since the 1970s, will be in West Palm Beach on January 16 for a gala to launch her exhibition, which opens January 17 and runs through June 9 at the Norton Museum of Art. She will be the honored guest at a private dinner following the gala.
|Annie Leibovitz self-portrait, taken in 2011 in Plano, Illinois.|
The exhibition includes 39 of Leibovitz’s works, which will be added to the Norton’s permanent collection. Not all are of celebrity subjects. Some iconic portraits of well-known figures like Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Andy Warhol are present, but many of the images are less familiar. The intent was to show the scope of the artist’s work and contemplate the quieter moments of her genius in addition to the portraits that cemented her reputation.
|Tom Wolfe, author of The Bonfire of the Vanities and, most recently, Back to Blood, photographed by Leibovitz in 1980 in New York City.|
|Avant-garde artist Yoko Ono, perhaps most famous for her marriage to John Lennon, photographed by Leibovitz in 1981 in New York City.|
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