Artist Robert Neuman To Give Gallery Talk

November 5th, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized

The Martin-Mullen Art Gallery at SUNY Oneonta will host an exhibition of artwork by Robert S. Neuman from Nov. 5 through Dec. 14. Offered in collaboration with the Sunne Savage Gallery, the show includes paintings, unique works on paper and prints from Neuman’s “Space Signs Series.”

Members of the public are invited to a gallery talk by Neuman at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, and the artist’s reception in the gallery lobby afterward.

Neuman is a second-generation Abstract Expressionist who addresses regional, historical and metaphysical themes in his artwork. The recipient of both a Guggenheim Fellowship to Barcelona, Spain, and a Fulbright Grant to Stuttgart, Germany, he developed 16 series of work over the course of a career that spans more than 60 years.

The “Space Signs Series” is a progression from the “Pedazo del Mundo Series,” which Neuman began in 1961 in Boston, Mass., as a response to his time in Germany and Spain. While abroad, Neuman was influenced by the people, cultures and religions making up the pieces of our world (pedazos del mundo.) Whereas the “Pedazo del Mundo Series” focuses on the world, the “Space Signs Series” is more atmospheric in its abstraction, symbolizing stars, planets and outer space. Neuman explains, “…so what I did was take these little units of symbols floating around the main image in the ‘Pedazo del Mundo Series’ compositions and give them more importance.”

Started in 1966, the “Space Signs Series” was inspired by contemplating space travel under the brilliant night sky of Downeast Maine, where Neuman owns a summer residence. Neuman composes geometric, optical abstractions, similar to constellations, of brightly colored circles. The artist has used circular imagery in his work for many years; other elements similar to previous series’ include abstract imagery, color and stamping, seen in this series through the use of the rims of household containers to signify constellations.

In addition to the exhibition at SUNY Oneonta, Neuman had a major solo show titled “Robert S. Neuman’s Ship to Paradise” at the Hecksher Museum of Art in Huntington, N.Y., this past summer. That exhibition will travel to Bates College in January 2013. Neuman also had a September 2012 show at Keene State College in Keene, N.H. His work is included in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass.; the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine; the Museum of Modern Art in New York, N.Y.; the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine; and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, among others. More information about the artist is available at www.robertsneuman.com.

Located in the Fine Arts Building, the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday when the college is in session. For more information about the gallery or upcoming exhibitions, contact Gallery Director Tim Sheesley at (607) 436-3456.