The Heckscher Museum of Art Presents Robert S. Neuman’s Ship to Paradise

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The Heckscher Museum of Art is pleased to present Robert S. Neuman’s Ship to Paradise.  On view from August 18 through November 25, this 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.  In speaking about the exhibition, Lisa Chalif, Museum Curator, said “It is a privilege for The Heckscher Museum to present this exhibition of Neuman’s Ship to Paradise works which include etchings, lithographs, mixed-media drawings, and printing plates. And, we are fortunate to be able to include the two-volume Shyp of Fooles/Ship to Paradise produced by a direct descendent of the Museum’s founder, August Heckscher.”

 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.

 Robert S. Neuman’s Ship to Paradise is sponsored in part by Astoria Federal Savings.

Also opening on August 18 is Absorbed by Color: Art in the 20th Century.  Drawn exclusively from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, this exhibition investigates artists’ use of color theory in 20th century art.

Editor’s Note:

The Heckscher Museum of Art, founded in 1920 by August Heckscher, serves the people of the Town of Huntingtonand surrounding communities. Through exhibitions of its permanent and loan collections of art and related programs, it seeks to provide inspiring and transformative educational experiences to encourage a broader understanding of our past and present and enrich the quality of life of the individuals it serves. The Museum Permanent Collection contains more than 2,200 works from the early 16th century to present. For information about The Heckscher Museum of Art, visit

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