The Montage Portraits of Robert Weingarten. Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, Florida.
July 17, 2014 - September 7, 2014
Beginning in 2007, California-based photographer Robert Weingarten reached out to “living legends” with a request to create a portrait of each — without including their faces! Originally titled Portraits Without People, Weingarten asked them to send him a list of places, objects, events, and ideas to be included in a montage portrait that would capture their spiritualessence rather than their physical image.
More than two dozen legendary artists, sports figures, authors, politicians, scientists, musicians, composers, religious leaders, and others replied, including Don Shula, Buzz Aldrin, Colin Powell, Quincy Jones, Itzhak Perlman, Sonia Sotomayor, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Joyce Carol Oates, and Stephen Sondheim.
Only two complete sets of this series of 26 “portraits” are currently held by museums. This set has been donated to the Norton by California collectors Steven and Catherine Fink, and is now part of the Museum Collection.