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Norm Magnusson is an internationally acclaimed American artist. He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums around the world, and has lectured at universities and high schools across the United States.

He’s appeared on TV in France, Norway, Finland, New Zealand, Japan, and the U.S., and his work has been reviewed and raved about in myriad domestic and foreign publications, as well as on the internet. He is the founder of the art movement “Funism,” whose basic tenets are that art should be intellectually engaging without being intellectually elitist, and that art should be as much fun to look at as it is to think about.

He received a prestigious commission for Kohler in 2010, a monumental sculpture which was installed in the lobby of the Time Warner Building, New York City. Here are links to his interviews about that commission, which appeared on NBC TV:

About the artists.     About the project.     An extended interview with the artist on YouTube     An article on Kohler's website.

Currently, he's working on a tv program about the power of art.

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Norm Magnusson b. 1960


Public art projects


2011      (July) “On this site stood – Lower Manhattan,” N.Y., NY

2010      “Sculpture Key West Invitational,” Key West, FL

2009      “Sculpture Key West 2009,” Key West, FL

2007      “On this site stood,” The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT.

2006      “The Byrdcliffe Outdoor Sculpture Show,” Woodstock, N.Y.

2006      “Unexpected Catskills” Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock, N.Y.

2005 “Karen DeWitt,” Historical marker with political content installed on

Heart’s Content Road in Greene County, N.Y.

2004      “Do unto others,” “Practice what you preach”

Two :30 videos that aired 96 times on national tv leading up the Nov., 2004 election.

2003     “Jesus loves you, Bush doesn’t” Viral internet project

2000      “Pull toy” Cow Parade, Riverside Park, N.Y., N.Y.


Solo Museum Exhibitions


2009      “Descent into the political” Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA

2007      On this site stood" The Main St. Sculpture Project of

                  The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT.

2003      “Metaphorical Menagerie” Pember Museum, Granville, N.Y.

2001      “Image and Allegory,” The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

2000      “Norm Magnusson -- American Painter” The Springfield Art Museum, MO


Solo Gallery Exhibitions


2008      “Youth Culture in America” Muddycup Gallery, Kingston, N.Y.

America's Seven Cardinal Virtues” Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, N.Y.

2006      “America’s Seven Deadly Sins” Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, N.Y.

2004      “Figures of speech in paint” Inquiring Mind Gallery, Saugerties, N.Y.

2003      “Vacation” Spike Gallery, N.Y., N.Y.

2002     “After the 11th” BridgewaterFineArts, N.Y., N.Y.

2001      “The Animal Alphabet” Bridgewater/Lustberg/Blumenfeld, N.Y. 2001      

1999      “Central Park Animals - Then and Now” The Arsenal Gallery,

                                    Central Park, N.Y. , N.Y.

1998      “American Paintings” Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery, N.Y.

1997      “Norm Magnusson” J.J. Brookings Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

1997      “Travelogue” Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery

1996      “Norm Magnusson” Picturesque Gallery, Akaroa, New Zealand

1995      “Bestiary” Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery

1994      “The Normandy Paintings” Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery   

1993      “Recent paintings” The Gallery Upstairs at Flamingo East, NYC

1992      “Norm Magnusson” The Gallery Upstairs at Flamingo East, NYC

Group Museum Exhibitions


2009      “Food” Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge, NY

2005      “Over the top - Under the rug” The Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts

2003      “Genetic expressions: Art after DNA” Hecksher Museum, Huntington, NY

2000      “Animals in Art” The Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Alaska


Selected Group Shows

2011      “Route 28 or thereabouts”, Van Brunt Projects, Beacon, NY

2010         “Define the decade” GCCE, Catskill, NY

“SKW inside” Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL

“Mill Street Loft invitational”, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

“Group show” Kleinert James Art Center, Woodstock, N.Y.

2009      “Decorating nature” Gallery 668, Battenville, N.Y.

“spctclr vws” One Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, NY

“Inaugural” Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY

2008     “Hudson Valley Invitational” Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, N.Y.

“Animal allegories” Gallery 668, Battenville, N.Y.

                  “Wild thing” Ira Wolk Gallery, Napa, CA

“Strange bedfellows” Le Petit Versailles, NYC

2007      “Variations on a rainbow” Le Petit Versailles, N.Y., N.Y.

                  “About face: artists not afraid of U-turns” GCCA, Catskill, N.Y.

2006      “New Hudson Room” Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, N.Y.

2005      “Compared to what” Gallery OneTwentyEight, N.Y., N.Y.

                  “This is not an archive” Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.

2004      “Ambush” VanBrunt Gallery, N.Y., N.Y.

                  “Happy Art for a sad world” Spike Gallery, N.Y., N.Y.

2002      “Reactions” Exit Art, N.Y., N.Y.

                  “Biennial” Bradford Brinton Memorial, Big Horn, Wyoming

2000      “Animals as Symbol” Curated online exhibition,

                  “Salon” HereArt, N.Y., N.Y.

1999      “Urbiculture” Sylvia White Gallery, N.Y., N.Y.

                  “A big show of small work” Bridgewater/Lustberg/Blumenfeld, N.Y.

“Portraits 2” Jorgenson Gallery, N.Y., N.Y.

                  “Wish you were here” Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, N.Y., N.Y.

                  “Framed” Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, N.Y., N.Y.

1998      “Open your heart” Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, N.Y.

                  “A big show of small works” Bridgewater/Lustberg, New York, N.Y.

                  “Anima Mundi” Bridgewater/Lustberg, New York, N.Y.

1997      “Whit, Whimsy & Humor” Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, N.Y.

                  “Winter show” J. Cacciola Gallery, New York, N.Y.

                  “PhotoSoho” Buhl Foundation, New York, N.Y.

                  “Art walk ‘97 Show” J.J. Brookings Gallery, San Francico, CA.

                  “A big show of small work 2” Bridgewater/Lustberg, NYC

1996      “A big show of small work” Bridgewater/Lustberg, New York, N.Y.

                  “Summer exhibition” J. Cacciola Gallery, New York, N.Y.


Selected group shows (con’t.)

1995      “Creative Conflict” Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, New York, N.Y.

“High/Low/Art Soup” Renee Fotouhi Fine Art, East Hampton, N.Y.

                  “Animal Kingdom” The Union League Club, New York, N.Y.      

                 “Open your heart” Christinerose Gallery, New York, N.Y.

        “Preview of 1995” J. Cacciola Gallery, New York, N.Y.


1994 “Then and Now” Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery, New York,N.Y.

                  “Summer 1994” J. Cacciola Gallery, New York, N.Y.

                  “Accidental Tourist” Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery, New York, N.Y.

                  “Garden in the Gallery” Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, New York, N.Y.

1994      “Group Show” Galerie Antoinette, Paris, France

1993      “Celebration of Victor Hugo” Galerie Les Etelles, Villequier, France

                  “Group Show” Galerie Antoinette, Paris, France

                  "Apres New York" Galerie Les Etelles, Villequier, France



Selected Bibliography


“Decorating nature by Norm Magnusson”, Wine and Bowties, Feb. 20, 2010


“Political descent”, Woodstock Times, November 5, 2009

”Norm Magnusson’s ‘historical markers’”,
Woodstock Times, July 31, 2008


“Norm Magnusson” Sculpture, June 2008


On this site stood a man with a messageThe New York Times, Sep. 30, 2007


"Signposting America," Eyeteeth: A journal of incisive ideas, Aug. 18, 2007


“Standing ground – The Aldrich goes Americana, sort of”, Bedford Mag., July 2007


"Parting shot: Norm Magnusson," Chronogram, August, 2007


“Magnusson’s markers highlight social issues,” Ridgefield Press, July 12, 2007


“I saw the sign”, Modern Painters, June 2007


"Norm Magnusson - On this site stood," American Towns, June 3, 2007


“On this site stood: culture jamming history,” Art Threat, May 29, 2007


“Énoncé de l’artiste,” Esse arts + opinion, Spring-summer 2007


"Painting politics," The Woodstock Times, August 3, 2006


“A blossoming of political art” The Huffington Post, June 6, 2006

“Art that pushes the limits of studio walls,” Atlanticville Press, September 7, 2005


“Caution: angry artists at work,” The New York Times, August 27, 2004

“Vacation,” The New York Times, September 12, 2003.


“Norm Magnusson,” The Week, August 29, 2003.


"Images of a beautiful era, and of scientific breakthroughs," The NY Times, July 27, 2003


"Pember Museum has Art Exhibit," The Granville Sentinel, February 19, 2003


“Artist’s ‘funism’ provides lesson behind each animal,” Springfield News Leader,

October 18, 2000


"The Artist’s Way," Adweek, August 16, 1999


"Norm Magnusson," Review, March 1, 1997


"Travels with Magnusson," Where New York, February, 1997


"Ecological awareness with paint and a brush," The Villager, February 12, 1997


"From the Big Apple to Akaroa," The Press (Christchurch), March 27, 1996


"Fun-ism in art," The Beta Theta Pi Magazine, Spring 1996


"Museum/Gallery Notes," Wildlife Art News, Sept./Oct. 1995


"Norm Magnusson," Cover, September, 1995


"Viel Rauch um nichts," Der Vogel, August 18, 1995


"Raw News," Raw Vision, Summer 1995


"Animal Rites," The Villager, June 28, 1995


"Norm Magnusson," The New Yorker, February 28, 1994


“Scene Change,” The Villager, February 16, 1994


"Dimanche, les ecoliers invitaient aussi a voter," Le Courier Cauchois, March 27, 1993


"La peinture sur le chemin des ecoliers," Le Courier Cauchois, January 23, 1993.


"A la decouvert d’un peintre americain avec les ecoliers de Villequier,"

Paris Normandie, 1/22/93


"A Self-taught Village Artist Creates a ‘Funism’ Style," The Villager, Sept. 9, 1992.


"Enjoyable and Accessible Art," The Villager, August 19, 1992.


Museum Collections


Anchorage Museum of History and Art - Anchorage, Alaska

The Museum of Modern Art - New York, N.Y.

(Franklin Furnace/Artist’s book collection)

The Springfield Art Museum - Springfield, Missouri

The Pember Museum - Granville, N.Y.


Selected Private Collections:


Mr. William Burback                                                                                         Garrison, N.Y.               

Mr. and Mrs. Kristen and Johann Eveland                                   New Canaan, CT.                         

Mr. Kenneth Cole                                                                                                  New York, N.Y.

Mr. and Mrs. Ione and Marshall Crenshaw                                   Rhinebeck, N.Y.

Ms. Kim Dickens                                                                                                   Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Laurence Rockefeller                                                                              New York, N.Y.

Ms. Jill Sobule                                                                                                         Los Angeles, CA

Mr. & Mrs. Andy and Kate Spade                                                         New York, N.Y.

Mr. Theo Spencer                                                                                                 New York, N.Y.

Dr. & Mrs. Harlan Waksal                                                                            Telluride, Colorado

Tanya Wexler & Amy Zimmerman                                                        New York, N.Y.



Public/Corporate Collections


AmSouth Bank - Birmingham, Alabama

Fidelity Insurance - Boston, Mass.

Kenneth Cole - New York, N.Y.

Simmons, U.S.A. - Atlanta, Georgia




Lower Manhattan Cultural Council 2008

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 1998-1999