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Exhibition Detail
Robert S. Neuman's Ship to Paradise
Curated by: Lisa Chalif
2 Prime Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743-7702

August 18th, 2012 - November 25th, 2012
Ship to Paradise (Encumbered by a Great Rock), Robert S. NeumanRobert S. Neuman,
Ship to Paradise (Encumbered by a Great Rock),
1987, Mixed media on paper
© Courtesy of the Allan Stone Gallery, New York.
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mixed-media, Robert S. Neuman

Robert S. Neuman’s Ship to Paradise is the artist’s personal exploration of a theme that dates back to the Middle Ages.  Reflecting on the modern day world around him and informed by knowledge of seafaring and shipbuilding intrinsic to life in Maine, Neuman’s fantastical compositions are a metaphor for the human condition and man’s quest for a better life. 

Neuman’s exploration of the theme was realized in print as a portfolio of etchings commissioned by August Heckscher, grandson of the Museum’s founder and a fellow summer resident of Mount Desert Island, to accompany a fine facsimile edition of humanist Sebastian Brandt’s best-selling medieval satire Shyp of Fooles, which outlines in 112 chapters the vices and worldly conceits of man that prevent him from reaching godly salvation in paradise. 

Robert S. Neuman’s Ship to Paradise will travel to the Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, Maine where it will be on view from January 18 through March 22, 2013.  A color catalogue with essays by Philip Heckscher, Carl Little, and John C. Olin accompanies the exhibition.

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