LeRoy Neiman, Notes on Art

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LeRoy Neiman, Notes on Art


This collection features LeRoy Neiman’s notes on art.


LeRoy Neiman’s notes on art encompasses the artist’s comments on art generally as well as his personal process, career and critical reception, style, and artistic reference. Although this collection provides insights into Neiman’s perception of art’s role in life and work, its extent is not final. The artist’s musings on the subject spill over to other records, such as his thoughts on childhood, travel, sports, food culture, and class politics.

The majority of these documents were made in preparation for the artist’s memoir, All Told.


LeRoy Neiman


Regarding provenance, the documents originate from Neiman's personal estate, largely found in Neiman's in-home office at Hotel Des Artist on the Upper West Side in New York, New York; Neiman amassed the bulk of materials late career. For further information on source, please contact the archivist at the LeRoy Neiman Foundation.


LeRoy Neiman Foundation


c. 1980-2011


LeRoy Neiman


Property of the LeRoy Neiman Foundation; please consult the organization's archivist for further details.


LeRoy Neiman's personal notes








Identifiers found at item level.


New York (N.Y.) New York

Collection Items

Note on Art
This note, with its poetic verse and range of refererences detailing LeRoy Neiman's interest in sports art, audience, and variable brushstrokes, is most likely an intital draft of the artist's catalogue essay for his monograph Winners: My Thrity…

Note on Art
This note, expanding on LeRoy Neiman's impression of spectatorship, sports art, and artistic process, is most likely a draft of the artist's catalogue essay for his monograph Winners: My Thrity Years in Sports published in 1983. The text seems ot…

Note on Art
This personal note from LeRoy Neiman lists a range of the artist's references, including Armenian artist Jennie Augusta Brownscombe's Thanksgiving at Plymouth (1925). That said, it is unclear what Neiman is pointing to with the phrase, "Painting…

Note on Art
This note, an abridged collection of LeRoy Neiman's awards, artworks, and commissions (sports-related and otherwise), is most likely draft of the artist's CV. (The document could also be initial notes for Neiman's memoir, All Told.) Among the items…

Note on Art
This personal note from LeRoy Neiman expands on the anecdotal histories behind a range of commissions, including New York businessman Irving Felt purchasing a work of Madison Square Garden featuring mobster Frankie Carbo, Hollywood kingpin Darryl…

Note on Art
This personal note from LeRoy Neiman provides an anecdotal account of the artist's trip from Palm Springs to Oklahoma City via private jet with comedian Red Skeleton, during which the artist completed a series of drawings featuring the entertainer.…

Note on Art
This petite note, with its lyrical tone, discloses the more poetic valences of LeRoy Neiman's thoughts on art. Although the record's original intention is not known, the document was most likely personal in nature.

Note on Art
This note from LeRoy Neiman details artistic reference, specifically Egyptian festivities, Byzantine mosaics, and Roman ruins. The record's function is not known.

Notes on Art
This personal note from LeRoy Neiman ruminates on the artist's process. Citing German perceptual psychologist Rudolf Arnheim's 1954 publication Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye alongside his own methodolgy, the artist seeks…

Note on Art
This note from LeRoy Neiman comments on his artistic process, specifically with regards to painting. The record is most likely personal by nature.
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