Following the success and attraction of the Indianapolis exhibition, "Nelson Mandela: The Artist"was to continue with the Long-Sharp Gallery, but this time in its New York project space. The exhibit featured drawings and lithographs by Nelson Mandela & also included photographs by renowned photographers Jurgen Schadeberg and Greg Bartley.
“In this time of great division and pain....., we recognize that Nelson Mandela: The Artist offers a rare opportunity to spark a much-needed conversation about peace, tolerance, and equality,” explained gallery owner Rhonda Long-Sharp.
Nelson Mandela is internationally recognized for his compassion, advocacy, and revolutionary political and peace-making efforts. Lesser known about Mandela's life is his foray into the arts in the years before his death - in which he documented, among other things, his 18 years of imprisonment at Robben Island. Mandela wrote inspirational texts to describe many of his drawings -- drawings which were published as original lithographs during Mandela's lifetime and signed by him. In his Artist’s Motivation for his first series of work, Mandela wrote, "...even the most fantastic dreams can be achieved if we are prepared to endure life's challenges."