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Shalom Tomas Neuman

EXHIBITIONS: The Fusion Art of Shalom Tomas Neuman
VENUES: National Gallery in Prague - Veletžní palác, American Center, Galerie La Femme, Franz Kafka Museum, TINA B Contemporary Art Festival, NOVITO - artistic pottery.
SUPPORT EVENTS: HUB Prague, National Gallery in Prague - Veletžní palác
DATES: August - November, 2011
CONTACT: Jana Tomášková, jana@iam.cz, 602 255 961

Fusion artist Shalom Tomas Neuman returns to the city of his birth for a series of solo exhibitions focusing on his multidisciplinary/multisensory artwork. These exhibitions, which will include special guest artists from other countries, will take place from August through November, 2011. The six art spaces exhibiting Shalom’s artwork in Prague are: National Gallery in Prague - Veletžní palác, American Center, Galerie La Femme, Franz Kafka Museum, TINA B Contemporary Art Festival and NOVITO artitic pottery (please see attached schedule of events for further details).

The largest of these exhibitions will be the solo show TALKING AT YOU - PROMLOUVÁNÍ at the National Gallery - Veletžní palác and features more than 50 artworks from his Amerika series. The exhibit will run from 19.8. - 18.9. 2011. The opening night August 18th will host a special guest composer/musician Jean Vogue. The collaborative performance within the exhibit will be on 8. 9. 2011, 17:30 with writers from the Unbearables (New York) and PEN club Prague.

The title of this series of artworks is a nod to Amerika, the early unfinished novel by Franz Kafka. This series of faces, described by international art critic and lecturer Robert Morgan as “...less portraits than archetypes - composites of much of the weirdness that the artist encounters in human beings who hang-out around the vicinity of his studio in Brooklyn...” are created from modeling paste, acrylic paint and found objects surrounded by little plastic figures. There is the added dimension of sound in this series as each piece has either a set of sound chips or mp3 players with motion detectors that when activated, give each “Amerikan” a voice of his or her own.

“... As an artist I want to bridge the existing barriers between all disciplines such as painting, sculpture, light, sound, performance theatre, video and digital art. I want to make these individual genres indecipherable from one another by fusing them into a new genre of multidisciplinary and multisensory art that has endless creative possibilities...”

Shalom Tomas Neuman was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is the last surviving male of a large Jewish family, most of whom perished in Nazi Germany’s Holocaust. His family escaped from Prague towards the end of the war and emigrated to Haifa, Israel where he spent his childhood. The family emigrated to the U.S. when he was 12 and he has lived ever since, currently residing in New York City. Shalom received dual BFAs and MFAs in painting and sculpture from Carnegie-Mellon University. He won the Damrosch Scholarship to study at the Fountainebleu in France where he received The Beaux Arts painting prize. He did his post graduate fellowship in painting and sculpture at Indiana University. Shalom has dual residences and studios in both New York and Prague and divides his time between the two. He has taught at The Cooper Union, Parsons School of Design and has been a visiting lecturer at The School of Visual Arts and Yale. He currently teaches at Pratt Institute of Technology. He exhibits in the United States, South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.


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Schedule of Events

TALKING AT YOU - PROMLOUVÁNÍ
The Fusion Art Of Shalom Tomas Neuman
August-November 2011

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National Gallery in Prague
Veletžní palác, Praha 7 - Holešovice, Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00, www.ngprague.cz

19.8. - 18.9. 2011
5th floor; Admission through the entrance to the permanent collection - Amerika series

18.8. 2011, 18:00 h
Opening night reception with a collaborative performance featuring special guest composer/musician Jean Voguet.

8. 9. 2011, 17:30 h
Collaborative performance in the exhibit with PEN Prague and Unbearables (New York) members.
Unbearables (New York) members: Ron Kolm, George Spencer, Carol Wierzbicki, Steve Bennett, Jim Fleming, Bonny Finberg and Steve Dalachinsky.
PEN Prague memers: Jiří Dědeček, Ivan Klíma, Jiří Stránský, Marcella Marboe, Irena Obermannová, Martin Vopěnka, Zdena Bratršovská, František Hrdlička
www.pen.cz www.unbearables.com

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American Center
Tržiště 13, Praha 1 - Malá Strana, Mo-Thr 13:00- 16:00, admission free, www.americkecentrum.cz

6.-30.9. 2011
Photo exhibition featuring images of selected multi-sensory, installation and performance artworks by Shalom Tomas Neuman.

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Galerie La Femme
Bílkova 2, Praha 1 - Staré město, open daily 10:00-18:00, admission free, www.glf.cz

21. - 30.9. 2011
Amerika (2007 – 2011) – Selected works from this series

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Tina B. The Prague Contemporary Art Festival
Underground shield of hotel Jalta, Václavské náměstí 45, Praha 1
opened daily: 10:00 - 19:00, admission free, www.tina-b.cz

20.10. - 13.11. 2011
Neo Nuky Madonna - Multi-sensory installation with video projections, lights and sound.

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HUB Prague
Drtinova 10, Prague 5 - Smíchov, entrance: 50,- CZK, free for HUB and PEN Prague members
www.prague.the-hub.net

5. 9. 2011, 19:00 - 21:00
Unbearables (New York) & PEN Praha – Readings followed by an open forum discussion with the artists.

PEN Praha www.pen.cz
With headquarters in London, the Czech center of International P.E.N. is a part of worldwide PEN community that unites more that 20.000 “pen” artists (playwrights, poets, essayists, and novelists). Their aim is to protect the freedom of expression, opinion and individual life. The Czech PEN was founded in 1925 by Karel Čapen. Today it counts 185 Czech “writing” members with Jiří Dědeček at the helm. Members of PEN who are collaborating with Shalom Neuman as well as participating in the discussion at HUB are: Jiří Dědeček, Ivan Klíma, Jiří Stránský, Milena Fucimanová, Marcella Marboe, Irena Obermannová, Martin Vopěnka, Zdena Bratršovská and František Hrdlička.

Unbearables (New York) www.unbearables.com
The UNBEARABLES are a Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ) of noir humorists. They first met in 1985 in Manhattan, NYC to talk about literature and the death of American culture. They have published several anthologies on different topics. Members of Unbearables in Prague: Ron Kolm, George Spencer, Carol Wierzbicki, Steve Bennett, Jim Fleming, Bonny Finberg and Steve Dalachinsky.

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Franz Kafka Museum
Cihelná 2b, Praha 1 - Malá Strana, open daily 10:00 -18:00, www.kafkamuseum.cz
Kafka - Painting in the museum’s permanent collection.

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NOVITO artistic pottery
Hoštka, Admission free
Artistic pieces of pottery made by Norbert Kostřica (NOVITO factory) and Shalom Nueman
Pod nádražím 266, 411 72 Hoštka. On display for viewing from September to November 2011.
By appointment only: +420 724 119 511, novito.steti@tiscali.cz


Biography

Shalom Tomas Neuman was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in the aftermath of WW II. He is the last surviving male of a large Jewish family, most of whom perished in Auchwitz during Nazi Germany’s Holocaust. His family escaped from Prague towards the end of the war and emigrated to Haifa, Israel where he spent his childhood. The family emigrated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States when he was an adolescent. He has lived in the United States ever since.

Shalom studied painting and sculpture at the Tyler School of Art - Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. where he received dual BFAs and MFAs in painting and sculpture. He was awarded the Damrosch Scholarship to study at the Fountainbleau School of Fine Arts in France where he won the Fountainbleau Beaux Arts Painting Prize. Shalom did his postgraduate fellowship studies in the sculpture department of Indiana University. He has made New York City his home after being encouraged to move there by Elaine de Kooning. He lives and works in Prague, CZ and
Brooklyn, NY.

Shalom has taught and lectured at a number of universities including Parsons The New School for Design, The Cooper Union, School of Visual Arts, Yale University and The Pratt Institute’s Manhattan campus.
Shalom’s art has been exhibited extensively in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and Israel including The National Gallery in Prague, CZ, The Museum of Modern Art (Carnegie Institute, PA), Musée de l’Homme (Paris, France), Mishima Eco Museum (Mishima, Japan), Zimmerli Museum (NJ) and The Ukrainian Museum (NY) as well as the Venice Biennale, 2009.

His work is in the collections of The National Gallery in Prague, The Ellis Island Museum (NY), Guggenheim Museum Library (NY), Museum of Modern Art (Nice, France), Museu Da Imagem E Do Som (Sao Paolo, Brazil), Museum of Modern Art (Buenas Aires, Argentina) and in the private collections of Elaine de Kooning (East Hampton, NY), Enrico and Roberta Baj (Milano, Italy), Rosa Easman (UBU Gallery, NY), Chemical Bank (NY), Paolo Martini (Rome, Italy), Miguel Cardia (Portugal), Ann Gibson, (Baltimore, MA), Ivan Karp (OK Harris Gallery, NY) and Madonna.