-- NEVER FORGET, NEVER AGAIN
A Holocaust Memorial
Hammered-Lead Sculptures by
DANA BALDWIN NAUMANN
at GALLERY RIVAA
527 Main Street ROOSEVELT ISLAND
New York City, NY 10044
Reception: Saturday, July 11, 2009 6:00 to 9:00 PM
11 to August 7, 2009
by Dana Naumann, hammered lead, wood and wire, wall sculpture,
30" x 30", 30 lbs.
This series of 17 hammered lead sculptures commemorates the
Holocaust and is dedicated to the life of Sigmund Strochlitz
(1916-2006), a survivor of the Auschwitz Death Camp in German-occupied
Poland during World War II. Mr. Strochlitz realized that the
world was beginning to forget the Nazi Holocaust. Each piece
is accompanied by a narrative poem by Naumann, based on Mr.
Strochlitz's experiences in the camps.
Dana Naumann's life-long friend, was born in Bedzin, Poland
in 1916, and had survived several other German concentration
camps before being brought to Auschwitz, where his parents
and sisters were all killed. Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel was
his best friend, and in 1978, Mr. Wiesel recommended him to
become a member of President Jimmy Carter's Commission on
the Holocaust, where he and Wiesel worked together to create
the National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
In 1981, Mr. Strochlitz and his wife Rose endowed the Chair
and Institute of Holocaust Studies at Haifa University in
Forget, Never Again" by
hammered lead sculpture, 12" x 12", 30 lbs.
Artist Dana Baldwin Naumann has a studio and gallery in North
Branford, CT. His hammered sculptures are studies in texture,
soft and warm looking even as metal surfaces, depicting religious,
mythic, and archetypal scenes. His sculptures are crafted
from lead sheets coated with copper or zinc patinas. This
series of seventeen sculptures consists of eight pedestal
pieces and nine wall hangings, and range from 14" to
44" in height.
1994, Naumann had a successful career as Vice-President of
Sales and Marketing with the Westinghouse Corporation in Pittsburgh,
but then determined to devote his life to his art, a decision
he says he has never regretted. Mr. Naumann's works are in
permanent collections of The Aetna in Los Angeles, also in
Hartford, and at Villanova University, PA. He designed and
contributed sculptures to the permanent collections of United
States Special Olympics, and a piece created on the theme
of the Holocaust was given to the Thomas Dodd Center, University
of Connecticut. His artworks have been shown at Gallerie Michele
in Washington DC, Artworks Gallery in Hartford, Art Expo in
NYC; the York Square Gallery, the Public Library and the Jewish
Community Center in New Haven, CT; and at galleries in Hawaii,
Los Angeles, and Providence, RI. He is represented by Broadfoot
+ Broadfoot, NYC.
Steve Starger wrote about his work: "Naumann's finely
wrought sculptures aren't depressing or oppressive. He creates
faces like monuments or totems, inspired by ritual masks and
statuary, buy strangely poignant. Each piece emanates a sense
of mystery and longing."
it Never Happened, Where Did They Go?"
hammered lead, wood and wire, pedestal sculpture, 30"
x 30", 40 lbs.