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Robert Weingarten: The Portrait Unbound

March 23, 2010

As printmaker interested in collage and photography, I really admire his use of layering of photographic images.  This exhibition questions whether or not a portrait can be created with representation of a character’s life achievements and symbolic traits.  Hope you can get the opportunity to check out the exhibit!  My favorite piece is Alice Waters.

Robert Weingarten was born in New York City in 1941 and graduated from Baruch College with a Finance degree in 1962. Although photography had always been a passion, it was not until the 1990s that Weingarten abandoned a successful career in business to pursue art full time. Weingarten’s photographs have been shown in more than 70 exhibitions worldwide. His work is included in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

Robert Weingarten’s photography series The Portrait Unbound represents a bold departure from traditional portraiture. Using layers of imagery that allude to specific interests, achievements or moments within the subject’s life, Weingarten digitally creates large-scale composite images that describe his subjects through biographical rather than physical information.

This exhibition features twenty-one images that represent notable individuals from the worlds of art, science, politics and sports. Weingarten’s subjects include such icons as Hank Aaron, Buzz Aldrin, Chuck Close, Jane Goodall, Dennis Hopper and Colin Powell.  (Courtesy of

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Katie permalink
    May 24, 2010 6:15 pm

    I wish I could have seen that exhibit. Luckily I did get to see some of Weingarten’s work recently at Phoenix Art Museum a couple weeks ago. It is a great exhibit I might even go back before it ends, late June, because I fell in love with the 6:30am pieces.

    • May 24, 2010 8:39 pm

      He is an incredible artist… in my previous work I used a lot of layering of photographic images too. I went to the Phoenix Art Museum website but couldn’t find info our their Weingarten pieces.

      • Katie permalink
        May 28, 2010 4:51 pm

        Well they don’t have the pieces showing. He is part of the Exposing Time exhibit (under the exhibit tabs I think there’s a photo of Milton Rogovin on the page) going on there. Not sure where you are located, but if you can make it to Phoenix by June 27th it’s a must see. The pieces are totally different from this style of his, they are from the 6:30am series. Have you seen them? They are absolutely amazing, I’m in love. Also the exhibit has a few other great photographers featured.

      • May 29, 2010 1:19 am

        No, I haven’t. Did you have a blog too?

  2. Katie permalink
    June 9, 2010 10:36 pm

    Google or wordloo him and see if there are any pictures of it. I don’t have a blog, but one of my friends does. It’s is focused on interior design, fashion, and art you should check it out! It’s Mi Vida Bonita take a look she has some great posts.

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