TABLA RASA GALLERY
MBGreen Arts Curating
“Otto Neals: An Artistic Legacy”
photo credit: Randy Duchaine
June 4 - July 11, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
6:30- 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 11, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Gallery hours: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Call 718.833.9100 for events and schedule updates
*NOTE:Tabla Rasa will be CLOSED Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, 2015
for INDEPENDENCE DAY weekend:
*TABLA RASA GALLERY
224 48 Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11220
New York City will celebrate the creative works of an artistic giant with a retrospective exhibition ”taking place simultaneously at six distinguished galleries. Collectively, these institutions will house over seven decades of works in five mediums created by the master Otto Neals, curated by Dr. Myrah Brown Green.
Call 718.833.9100 for additional hours, events and schedule updates.
Who is Otto Neals?
Born in 1930 in South Carolina, Otto Neals is a world renowned, highly gifted painter, sculptor, and printmaker. When he was a child, his family moved to New York where he still lives and works. A Brooklynite, Neals first studied commercial art at George Westinghouse Vocational High School. He also studied briefly at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and at other institutions in the borough. In 1951 he took a job with the post office's art department. He eventually became the head illustrator at the Brooklyn General Post Office, creating illustrations and overseeing projects in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island City.
Over decades, Neals emerged as one of the most respected visual artists in our lifetime. As a participant in the Black Arts movement he co-founded the historic Weusi Artist Collective and Nyumba Ya Sanaa Gallery in Harlem. In 1958 he took a lead role in assisting with establishing the Fulton Art Fair in Brooklyn. Neals has worked and exhibited with iconic masters, including Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, and Tom Feelings.
Neals' work has been exhibited in distinguished institutions in the U.S. and abroad, including the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Columbia Museum of Art, the Huntsville Museum of Art and the Ghana National Museum. His work is in the collections of Congressman John Lewis, legendary jazz musician Randy Weston, Harry Belafonte, and Oprah Winfrey. The media has recognized Neals' profound talent: he has been profiled in numerous outlets including The New York Times, EBONY magazine, Black Enterprise. You can read an article printed in 2011 in the NY Daily News
Neals has won many awards and in 1995, Brooklyn's Prospect Park Alliance commissioned him to create a bronze sculpture based on the works of award-winning children's book author Ezra Jack Keats. The work, Peter and Willie, is located in the "Imagination Playground" in Prospect Park. Mr. Neals was presented with the New York City Arts Commission's Award for Excellence in Design for this work. Other commissions include 10 bronze plaques for the "Harlem Walk of Fame," a bronze sculpture for the Brooklyn Children's Center, a 20-foot mural for Kings County Hospital, and most recently a bronze portrait of the late Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton for City College of the City University of New York.
About his art, Neals says, "My talent as an artist comes directly from my ancestors. I am merely a receiver, an instrument for receiving some of the energies that permeate our entire universe and I give thanks for having been chosen to absorb those artistic forces."
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Directions to Tabla Rasa Gallery)
The gallery is located two express subway stops from Manhattan on the "D" or "N" train to 36th Street Station, plus one "R" stop to 45th Street (or a just few short "R" stops beyond Park Slope).
By car, Tabla Rasa is on 48th St between 2nd and 3rd Aves, Brooklyn. Ample street parking is available.
About Tabla Rasa Gallery
Tabla Rasa Gallery is located in the burgeoning art destination of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The gallery is known for their consistently stunning exhibitions. Within the 4000 square foot turn of the century carriage house, the gallery exhibits primary and secondary market artwork by emerging, mid-career, and established artists, in all media, including painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, print media, digital, film and video.
Exhibitions are free and open to the public. It is recommended to call 718.833.9100 for events and schedule updates.