The National Portrait Gallery Presents “Portraits of Sandra Day O’Connor”

15 Oct 2007

0707newsoconnor1_432x600The National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, DC, is presenting this exhibition of portraits of the former associate justice of the United States, Sandra Day O’Connor, through October 8.

The National Portrait Gallery Presents “Portraits of Sandra Day O’Connor”

The National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, DC, is presenting this exhibition of portraits of the former associate justice of the United States, Sandra Day O’Connor, through October 8. The works on display explore how The Painting Group—a New York-based group of artists formed in the late 1950s—set out to interpret a portrait of O’Connor at the same time, resulting in various interpretations of the same subject matter. Former Justice O’Connor sat for the 25 artists for two three-hour sessions on a single day, giving each artist the opportunity to paint the portrait in his or her own unique style.

Led by masters Aaron Shikler and David Levine, The Painting Group has been meeting regularly for almost 50 years. Shikler has painted portraits of scholars, corporate chiefs, and society leaders, as well as the official portraits of former President John F. Kennedy Jr. and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Levine is a watercolorist and caricaturist whose drawings regularly appear in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. Other members of the group include Walter Bernard, Jean Marcellino, and Gil Eisner.

For more information on this exhibition, visit www.npg.si.edu.


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Sandra Day O’Connor
by Aaron Shikler, 2006, pastel, 14 x 11. Courtesy The Painting Group,
New York, New York.
Sandra Day O’Connor
by Matthew Levine, 2006, oil on board, 12 x 10. Courtesy The Painting Group, New York, New York.
Sandra Day O’Connor
by David Levine, 2006, watercolor, 14 x 11. Courtesy The Painting Group, New York, New York.

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