David Byrne

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Exhibition Label
As a singer-songwriter, director, composer, and impresario of world music, David Byrne has been described as the "thinking man’s rock star." A shy art student, he attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where he teamed up with his friends Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth to create the thoughtful, danceable industrial rock of the Talking Heads. Collaborating with Brian Eno, Byrne led the band’s evolution from venues like CBGB into studio-driven world music—first with Remain in Light (1980)—while also composing scores for Twyla Tharp, Robert Wilson, and Jonathan Demme. As Talking Heads concerts evolved into theatrical funk spectacles, Byrne became a nerd fashion icon in his oversize white suit, as captured in Stop Making Sense (1985). Byrne founded the world music record label Luaka Bop, and has more recently favored Latin American rhythms in his own compositions.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© 1981, Marcia Resnick
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
1981
Object number
NPG.2011.106
Artist
Marcia Resnick, born 1950
Sitter
David Byrne, born 14 May 1952
Topic
Costume\Headgear\Hat
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie
David Byrne: Male
David Byrne: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
David Byrne: Performing Arts\Director
David Byrne: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
David Byrne: Humanities and Social Sciences\Musicologist
David Byrne: Oscar
Portrait
Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 21.8 x 32.5 cm (8 9/16 x 12 13/16")
Sheet: 40.4 x 50.4 cm (15 7/8 x 19 13/16")
Mat: 40.6 x 55.9 cm (16 x 22")
National Portrait Gallery
Type
Photograph