MBGreen  Arts Curating

“Otto  Neals: An Artistic Legacy”

photo credit: Randy Duchaine

June 4 - July 11, 2015

Artist Reception:

Thursday, June 4,  2015

6:00 - 8:00 pm

*Gallery  talk
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
6:30-  7:30 pm
*Closing  reception
Saturday,  July 11, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Gallery  hours: 1:00 - 5:00 pm

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:

224 48 Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11220
718. 833-9100



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.


Tabla Rasa Gallery 224 48th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11220
Sunset Park ARts Community ( SPArC )
718 833,9100   fax 718.833.9118