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Nelson Mandela: The Artist

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."  

In September of 2016, Long-Sharp Gallery is profoundly honored to present "Nelson Mandela: The Artist" featuring drawings and lithographs by the indelible Nelson Mandela.  It will also include photographs by renowned photographers Jurgen Schadeberg and Greg Bartley.  The exhibit is presented in partnership with Belgravia Gallery (Mayfair, UK) who worked with Mandela on this project during his lifetime. 

We will round out the exhibit with a First Friday event sponsored by Conrad Indianapolis. The event will take place on October 7 from 6-9pm. For more information, see:

Please find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram (@lsgindy) and use the hashtag #ArtOfMandela. 


Earlier Event: April 15
Crossroads New Media
Later Event: October 14
Robert Indiana: More Than Words