Note on Art

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Title

Note on Art

Subject

A note from LeRoy Neiman made in preparation for his Busker Alley mural at the St. James theatre in 1995.

Description

This note was of a few from LeRoy Neiman made in preparation for his prospective mural at the St. James Theatre. The venue, which was set to host Busker Alley, invited the artist to paint the facade of the building in lieu of a billboard. That said, the broadway show was cancelled before its premier at the theater. Neiman’s mural was eventually painted over.

The document itself includes a list of artworks engaging public space, including Matisse’s famed chapel in on the French Riviera, frescos in Rome and Venice, and Thomas Hart Benton’s murals. At the bottom of the record, he has written in red marker and capital letters, “[I’ve] often thought about stuff like stage sets and murals. But you have to be asked. So I’ve been more than anything an easel painter.” The comment is a bit out of place, seeing Neiman was invited to paint the very piece.

Creator

LeRoy Neiman

Source

LeRoy Neiman Foundation

Publisher

LeRoy Neiman Foundation

Date

1995

Contributor

LeRoy Neiman

Rights

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

Relation

Format

Image/jpeg

Language

English

Type

Document

Identifier

LN_Notes_2026

Coverage

New York (N.Y.) New York

Text Item Type Metadata

Text

Buskers Wall
Integral
organizationally connected to architecture
special proportions
idea expressed
Pompeii
Tiepolo – Tintoretto
We don’t see the great murals of Florence, Rome, Venice, etc because they are installations
Matisse Chapel
Thomas Hart Benton
Mural
Chagall, [Matisse]
IF OFTEN THOUGHT ABOUT
STUFF LIKE STAGE SETS
AND MURALS BUT YOU
HAVE TO BE ASKED. SO I’VE
Been more than anything else
an easel painter

Original Format

Pen, pencil, and marker on paper.

Files

LN_Notes_2026.jpg

Citation

LeRoy Neiman, “Note on Art,” LeRoy Neiman Foundation, accessed April 22, 2024, https://leroyneimanfoundation.omeka.net/items/show/189.