Sassona Norton was born in Israel. She graduated from the Tel-Aviv University in Literature and Theater, taught high school seniors, directed a theater-group and moved to a journalistic career in "Yediot Acharonot", Israel's largest daily. Simultaneously with publishing articles about theater, film and art, Norton painted and started to exhibit in group-shows, where she won twice "Best in Show". In her mid-twenties Norton had her first solo-show at Gallery 220 in Tel-Aviv. The work was praised by the critic of the Jerusalem Post for its "personal vision".
In 1974, Sassona Norton immigrated to the U.S. and enrolled for the next four years in the Art Student's League, where she won the Isabel Bishop Merit scholarship.
In 1980, "A Yellow Night", Norton's large reclining nude, was published in "Twentieth Century Masters of Erotic Art" by Bradley Smith (Crown Publishers, NY) which includes works by Picasso, Rodin, Calder and Dali
In 1981, Norton was chosen for the traveling show "Eight Young New Yorkers on the Horizon".
In 1983, "The Rain Prayer", a large painting of hands, was published in the 16 volume series "Discover Art" by Laura H. Chapman (Davis Publications).
In 1984, a second solo show in New York, at Sutton gallery, was praised by the critic Peter Fingesten for its "strength, poetic, erotic, masculine, intellectual and sculptural nature".
In 1999 after 10-year involvement in architectural projects of design and installation, Norton shifted from painting to sculpting exclusively.
In 2002, Norton won the Huntington merit medal for her sculpture “The Edge of Rest” at “The National Arts Club” New York.
In 2003, she won an international competition to sculpt the largest 9/11 memorial in Pennsylvania. The $200,000 memorial consists of a pair of 8-feet tall hands rising on top of a tilted column and lifting to the sky an I-beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The close-to 20-feet tall memorial was installed in Norristown in September 2005.
In 2006, Norton had a major show of her sculptures at the Morris Museum, Morristown New Jersey. The show was extended by popular demand to over 6 months. The hard cover book “Sassona Norton Sculpture”, published by the museum in connection with the show, includes articles by Ann Landi and Hilarie Sheets of ARTnews and The New York Times.
“The work here”, wrote Star Ledger art critic, Dan Bishop, “has vigorously modeled surface and expressively exaggerated details…the sensual tension of bodies or limbs in convulsive movement is everywhere…the human figure is struggling to break free, possibly the oldest tradition in sculpture that we have”.
In 2007, The Morris Museum chose to celebrate the opening of a new wing with a show that centered on Norton’s sculpture. The show titled “Sculpture by Sassona Norton and from The Permanent Collection” will be on view through 2009.
The show coincided with the publication of Norton’s sculpture in the prestigious Henry Buhl art calendar. The sculpture “To Whom Do I Pray” was purchased by Henry Buhl in 2005 and is included in his collection of sculptures of hands that was shown later in 2008 at the Norton Museum in Palm Beach, Florida.
In February 2008, the video, “A Memorial Journey”, on the construction of Norton’s 9/11 Memorial, was selected to be shown at the international art fair in Stockholm, Sweden.
In March 2008, Norton was appointed as a co-curator for the “Fresh Perspectives” show at the Morris Museum.
In July 2008, she was selected for the museum show exploring the endless applications of drawing.
In the summer of 2008, Norton showed her large sculpture “First Rain” in the Sculptors’ Guild outdoor installation “In-Site” on Governors Island, New York.
In 2009, Norton was selected by the New Jersey Council on the Arts to lead a public conversation on art in the series of “Great Conversations”.
In 2009, the 9/11 Memorial, "Memories of Sweetness" and "Unquenchable Thirst" were chosen to be published in "Best of America - Sculpture Artists". The same year Norton was selected by the New Jersey Council on the Arts to lead a public conversation on art in the series of "Great Conversations".
In the summer and fall 2010, "Touch", a 9 feet tall pair of hands was shown in “Encounters”, Sculptors' Guild show on Governors Island.
In Winter 2011, Norton’s sculpture “The Seed Cradle” was exhibited at "New Work", the Sculptors' Guild show at Broadway Gallery, Soho, NYC.
In March of 2011, “To Whom Do I Pray” was the central sculpture in “The Buhl Hand Collection”, at the Photography Center, the museum for photography in Palm Beach, Florida.
A solo show of Norton's work was exhibited at the Tambaran Gallery in New York in April 2011.
In May 2011 Norton was selected from 8 other sculptors in Europe and the U.S. by the Swedish Advertising and Branding Bjorn Bertoft to sculpt a monument for anti-doping in sports on the occasion of the pending Olympics in London to honor Professor Arne Ljungqvist, Member of the International Olympic Committee and Vice President of the World Anti-Doping Committee. The project was delayed for lack of funds.
In November 2011, "Touch" was chosen by Aesthetica UK to be included in the collection of the best international creative works for 2012
In October of 2012, Norton's sculpture "A Rising Issue" was shown in "OPENINGS" , the Sculptors' Guild show at the Dumbo Gallery
In the summer 2013, "Into the Wind" was shown in "Rising Tide", Sculptors' Guild show on Governors Island.
In 2014, Norton starts to work on Hurricane Sandy Monument for the waterfront in Jersey City.
In 2015, Norton shows her work in "A Sure Hand" at Morris Arts, NJ.
Sassona Norton is a member of The International Sculpture Center, the Sculptors' Guild (serving on the board for several years), The National Sculpture Society, The Washington Sculptors Group, and The Royal British Society of Sculptors (ARBS).
Norton is represented in by Tambaran Gallery in NY.
Henry Buhl, New York
Ivan Greenstein, New Jersey
The Ambassador Swaenee Hunt, Massachusetts
Lee Longell, New Jersey
Peter Migliorato, Florida
Sally Minard & Norton Garfinkel, New York
Elizabeth Palay & Ed Feige, Wisconsin
Craig Ponzio, “Art Investments”, Colorado
Morris Museum, New Jersey
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