The Redman Family Foundation Press Release – ‘The Retrospective of Lenn Redman Exhibition’
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The Lenn Redman Art Collection Chosen for Exhibit in Solo Show
GAINESVILLE, GA – August 1, 2012 – The Redman Family Foundation, Inc. announced the inaugural exhibition of the personal collection of artwork by renowned artist Lenn Redman. This extensive and unparalleled collection of „Americana Art‟ will be held in two Gainesville, GA locations; Brenau University‟s President‟s Gallery and The Leo Castelli Gallery. Redman was an internationally recognized artist best known for his work as a caricaturist, animator, author and educator. The exhibit, Lenn Redman: A Working Artists Retrospective, begins September 10, 2012 and runs through October 28, 2012. A reception and speaker event will be held on October 4, 2012 at the Leo Castelli Art Gallery from 6pm to 8pm.
Lenn Redman was one of the most prolific American caricaturists of the 20th century. He created over 200,000 caricatures of people from life, as well as thousands of other pieces of art during his 50+ year career. Redman was a self taught animator working on early classics like Disney‟s Fantasia and Schlesinger‟s Porky the Pig and later in his career animating various Hanna-Barbera and Filmation Associates cartoon classics. Redman wrote, illustrated, and published „How to Draw Caricatures‟ © 1984 McGraw-Hill ISBN 978-0-8092-5685-3. This #1 worldwide best seller on the subject of caricaturing is in its 28th year of publication and continues to be a „must have‟ on bookshelves of artists and fans around the globe.
Students from Brenau University have been working with The Redman Family Foundation for a year to preserve the historically significant collection and curate various traveling exhibits. “I‟ve enjoyed working with the students and watching them develop the collection which has been in storage for 25 years. It‟s been a tremendous educational experience for us all” said Mark Redman, CEO of the Foundation. “This inaugural show is the culmination of their remarkable efforts. The students have done an amazing job. It‟s been a massive undertaking that could never come so far so fast without their involvement and the University‟s assistance.”
Redman‟s fine art portfolio will be exhibited in the Presidents Gallery at Brenau University. The Leo Castelli Art Gallery will display pieces from the caricature, animation and commercial art portfolios. Redman‟s illustrated poem, „What Am I?‟ a series of books and artwork published in 1980 will also be displayed. These works are Redman‟s personal efforts to offset national and racial prejudice and were chosen in 1982 to commemorate America‟s National Brotherhood Week.
About Brenau University & The Brenau University Galleries:
Brenau University, founded in 1878, challenges students to live extraordinary lives of personal and professional fulfillment. As students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees or non-degree programs at Brenau campuses and online, each prepares for a lifetime of intellectual accomplishment and appreciation of artistic expression through a curriculum enriched by the liberal arts, scientific inquiry and global awareness.
Brenau University Galleries have created a reputation for excellence by presenting art that engages the world. The Presidents Gallery is located in the upstairs lobby of Pearce Auditorium, 500 Washington St, Gainesville, GA 30501. They are open Tuesday – Friday, 10am to 4pm. The Leo Castelli Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, 429 Academy St. Gainesville, GA 30501.
They are open Tuesday – Friday, 1pm to 4pm. Additional information provided online at brenau.edu or by phone at 770-534-6299.
About the Artist Lenn Redman & The Redman Family Foundation:
Lenn Redman, artist, caricaturist, animator, author, poet, illustrator, entertainer, educator and civil rights activist born in 1912 in Chicago, Il. After performing at the 1933 and 1939 World Fairs, Redman opened the Lenn Redman Commercial Art Studio in 1940 and remained in Chicago thru the mid 60’s. He later moved to Los Angeles, CA where he lived until his passing in 1987 at the age of 75.
Lenn’s son Mark V. Redman, along with Mark’s children Lauren Crump and Jacquelyn Redman have formed The Redman Family Foundation. The non-profit’s mission is to develop Lenn’s legacy and build an organization to assure Lenn’s artwork, his love of art education and his message of world peace be carried on for generations to come.
Mark V. Redman
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