Dames: Portraits by Norman Sunshine premiers November 3, 2015

08/01/15 to 10/31/18
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Portraits of Agnes Gund, Nancy Kissinger, Anne Sutherland Fuchs, Martha Stewart among the 24 portraits on view

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is proud to premier an exhibition of portraits of notable women. Norman Sunshine has captured the well-known faces of figures like Martha Stewart and Agnes Gund, delivering their poise, their composure, and their self-assurance. Dames: Portraits by Norman Sunshine opens to the public November 3, 2015 and will remain on view through February 14, 2016.

Along with Stewart and Gund, philanthropist Nancy Kissinger, Anne Sutherland Fuchs (former publisher of Vogue, Woman’s Day, and Elle), and Palm Beach’s Hillie Mahoney, are among the illustrious figures who have posed for Sunshine. The artist photographs his subjects with his iPad or iPhone and then manipulates the colors, shapes and lines to the point of reaching the effect of watercolor. To further play with the viewer’s senses, Sunshine prints these conceptualized portraits as unique works on textured, rag paper, giving the finished work a luxurious, textured feel as if it is silk instead of paper. Each work is 57 x 42 in., resulting in an impressive series of portraits of accomplished women reveal a beautiful energy, elegance, and the hint of lives well lived.

Norman Sunshine, born in Los Angeles, California, is a painter and sculptor working and residing in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Washington, Connecticut. Earlier in his career, he was a fashion illustrator and Vice President, Creative Director of Trahey Advertising where he coined the phrase “What Becomes a Legend Most?” for Blackglama Minks and “Danskins are not just for Dancing”.  He won an Emmy Award for art and title design for Addie and the King of Hearts in 1974. In 1988, he served as Design Director of Lear’s Magazine. He has co-authored with Alan Shayne a dual memoir Double Life: A Love Story from Broadway to Hollywood (2011).

The exhibition has been organized by the Boca Raton Museum of Art and curated by Marisa Pascucci, Curator of Collections.

Related events:

Friday, November 20 / 2:00 – 3:00 PM – Gallery Talk: Norman Sunshine

Join the artist for an in-depth look at his works on view in Dames: Portraits by Norman Sunshine. RSVP required via [email protected] or 561-392-2500 ext. 213 (free for members, $12 for all others).

Sunday, January 10 / 3:00 – 4:00 PM – Authors Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine: Double Life: A Love Story from Broadway to Hollywood
Alan Shayne is a retired president of Warner Brothers Television, and Norman Sunshine is an internationally renowned artist whose work is currently on view at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Together they tell their power couple story of how gay relationships have slowly become more accepted in the last half century. At the same time, they share intimate, inside stories from film, television, and media featuring the likes of Marlon Brando, Rock Hudson, and Barbra Streisand. RSVP required via [email protected] or 561-392-2500 ext. 213 (free for members, $12 for all others).

Dames: Portraits by Norman Sunshine is sponsored in part by the Board of County commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. The exhibition is generously underwritten by Dr. Nicole Edeiken and Beatrice Cummings Mayer. Additional support is generously provided by our Members and Donors.


Images available via Dropbox at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s0nugycda8gyqpz/AAD0p55Hyc17OTQeB-7KRyZha?dl=0

About Boca Raton Museum of Art

Founded by artists, the Boca Raton Museum of Art was established in 1950 as the Art Guild of Boca Raton. The organization has grown to encompass an Art School, Guild, Store, and Museum with distinguished permanent collections of contemporary art, photography, non-western art, glass, and sculpture, as well as a diverse selection of special exhibitions.  The Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 AM until 5 PM; on Thursdays from 10 AM until 8 PM; and on weekends from 12 PM until 5 PM. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month, and otherwise $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for students with IDs and children under 12. Learn more at www.bocamuseum.org.