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Objects of Wonder: Four Centuries of Still Life from the Norton Museum of Art

July 03 through October 10, 2010

Objects of Wonder includes approximately fifty-two works of art from the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida. It presents a cross section of works in many media united by the genre of still life, encompassing works from many cultures and over four centuries, dating from the Ming Dynasty of China to the early 2000s.  A still life is generally a depiction of a diverse arrangement of inanimate objects: flowers, fruits, game, plants and other materials. The earliest such compositions are found in Egyptian funerary paintings, and the genre extends through all periods of art in most every culture.  Accomplished and prominent artists such as Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Gustave Courbet, Edward Weston, and Claes Oldenburg, contribute works in a variety of media to this exhibition. Still life celebrates the significance of even the most mundane of objects, embracing and perpetuating a moment in time that combines experience of real life with artistic representation.

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida.


Sponsored by the Aronov Family Foundation, HDB/Laura and Barrie Harmon, Jackson Thornton & Co., Michelle and Daniel Hughes, and The James W. Wilson, Jr., and Wynona W. Wilson Family Foundation.