Carl Little Lecture Continues Mission’s Robert S. Neuman Ship to Paradise Exhibition

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Carl Little Lecture Continues Mission’s Robert S. Neuman Ship to Paradise Exhibition

Carl Little (Photo by Gabe Souza)
Carl Little (Photo by Gabe Souza)

BAR HARBOR — The Maine Seacoast Mission, as part of its Robert S. Neuman Ship to Paradise exhibition through September 9th, 2016, is hosting a lecture at the Colket Center, by Carl Little on Wednesday, August 24th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Mission’s Neuman exhibition focuses on the artist’s surrealist illustrations for an edition of Sebastian Brandt’s The Shyp of Fooles, a 15th century allegory on the foibles and folly of man. Robert S. Neuman’s Ship to Paradise Series is the artist’s personal exploration of this same theme.

Carl Little has written about Neuman’s work for shows at College of the Atlantic, Wheaton College in Norton, Massachuetts, and the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, New York. He is the author of more than 25 art books, most recently, Jeffery Becton: The Farthest House and Wendy Turner—Island Light. His book Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond won the first John N. Cole Award from Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance in 2012. He edited his brother David Little’s first book, Art of Katahdin, and co-authored with him Art of Acadia, 2016.

Ship to Paradise 4 (1980)
Ship to Paradise 4 (1980)

Robert S. Neuman began spending his summers in Maine in the early 1960’s, when he was a professor at Harvard University. Originally “summering” in Ogunquit, Allan Stone, the collector and friend, offered Neuman a home in Northeast Harbor in trade for paintings. Neuman enjoyed hiking the trails of Acadia, sailing and was inspired by the natural beauty of Mount Desert Island.

The Artist’s Ship to Paradise works can be found in both private and corporate collections, including the Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, New York Public Library, New York, NY, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, The Art Complex, Duxbury, MA, and the National Art Gallery, Australia.

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