- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 29, 2007

The venue was familiar, but the project was novel enough. Members of the venerable 25-member New York Painting Group created 25 images of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and put them on display together for the first time Tuesday in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The show, which opens to the public today, is the first of its kind ever shown in that institution. A film called “An American Portrait” is part of the exhibition.

Justice O’Connor, who was 77 on Monday, sat for the project in two three-hour sessions in October 2006. The artists completed their portraits, done in different media, using photographs taken by David Hume Kennerly, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former White House photographer. The group of artists, active since the late 1950s, is led by caricaturist and watercolorist David Levine as well as Aaron Shikler, who has done oil portraits of many eminent Washingtonians, including the official portraits of President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy.

Ann Geracimos

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