American 20th-21st Century Portraiture - Celebrities and Entertainers

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America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler is a 2018 exhibit at the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery which says: "Everett Raymond Kinstler, now 91 years old, is America's foremost portrait painter. In his career, he has rendered portraits of more than 2,000 individuals - leaders in almost every professional field, including eight United States presidents." Presentation includes 1 1/2 hour painting demonstration. Accessed 5/18

H.C. Porter's Blues @ Home, an exhibit held April 1 - August 2, 2014 at the University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford. Accessed December, 2015.

Characters: Portraits by Robert Weaver was a 1994 exhibit at the Sheldon Museum of Art which says: "This current exhibition focuses on Weaver's recent highly charged and bold portrait paintings of local, powerful and influential individuals that capture the subjects/ personalities with directness and honesty, often revealing the nature of both the artist and the sitter." Viewers may download the exhibition brochure. Accessed 1/17

Dames: Portraits by Norman Sunshine is a 2015-16 exhibit at the Boca Raton Museum of Art which says: "The human figure has captivated Norman Sunshine for much of his artistic career.... Among those who have posed for him are art patron Agnes Gund, philanthropist Nancy Kissinger, and Anne Sutherland Fuchs, former publisher of Vogue, Woman's Day, and Elle." Also see Sun Sentinel article. Accessed 2/17

Everett Raymond Kinstler: Pulps to Portraits is a 2012 exhibit at the Bellarmine Museum of Art which says: "Painter Everett Raymond Kinstler (b. 1926) sees the world in hues. Unfettered by conventional color designations, Kinstler paints his subjects as he perceives them, rather than as he knows them to be. His shadows, then, are neither brown nor black but instead pulse in shades of indigo and violet, while the artist's highlights dance unabashedly up and down the chromatic spectrum, from dusky peach to the palest of blues....Like a true master of his craft, however, Kinstler does not stop at mere technical wizardry. Rather he harnesses his virtuosity in furtherance of what he considers the chief ends of art: the conveyance of emotion, the unleashing of imagination and the craft of communication. The results are staggering; an ersatz world, conjured only in oil on canvas, suspends our disbelief while simultaneously speaking to our hearts, minds and souls. Also see artist's website   Accessed 5/18 

Everett Raymond Kinstler: Pulps to Portraits was a 2012 exhibit at the Bellarmine Museum of Art which says in its press release: "... the Bellarmine exhibition highlights a number of the artist's portraits of well-known personalities from the worlds of government, entertainment, and literature. The show, which was originally organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, also features a selection of Kinstler's early work as an illustrator of "pulp" fiction book covers, magazines, and comic book pages - pieces that continue to resonate in his paintings to this day." Accessed 1/17

The Great Americans: Portraits by Jac Lahav is a 2019 exhibit at the Florence Griswold Museum which says: "Lahav's work centers on oversized images of famous figures, whose updated costumes incorporate references from history, legend, art, and advertising that have shaped our collective perception of each person -- or push against those perceptions. Lahav's nearly seven-foot-tall paintings of 30+ famous figures are a celebration of America layered with references to history, lore, and imagery that shape our understanding of these larger-than-life icons. Through his psychologically complex and cheeky treatment of iconic figures from politicians to celebrities, Lahav explores the nature of cultural identity."  Accessed 4/19


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