Behold Tony Bennett's Portrait of Lady Gaga

Nov 14, 2019 391

BY: Jael Goldfine

If Tony Bennett ran his own Instagram, his bio might read "musician, painter, writer, content creator," alongside "NYC -> California" and the microphone, piano and jazz hands emojis. At 93, the show biz legend is what we today call a multi-hyphenate. On top of 19 Grammys, two Emmys and a dozen books, Bennett has been quietly and successfully painting on the side for most of his career, under his birth name Anthony Benedetto.

This past week, Bennett's legacy as a visual artist was honored when a retrospective of his work opened at the Art Students League of New York, where he was a student for years under the tutelage of instructor Frank Porcu. The League is an independent all-ages art school, and a century-old New York art world institution, where legends like Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Louise Nevelson and Ai Weiwei have all studied.

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