Note on Art

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Title

Note on Art

Subject

A note from LeRoy Neiman, reflecting on his artistic career.

Description

This note from LeRoy Neiman reflects on his artistic style and career. Unlike many preceding artists—such as the Abstract Expressionist (who can be seen as the first commercially successful group of American artists)—Neiman insists on his work’s integration into the prevailing cultural ethos, writing, “My motifs of the social action of the times observed by my eye and delimited by my hand will live on evidencing my high regard for the public.” This statement then touches on the artist’s interest not so-called individual expression (although he does mention his “hand” and “eye” as producer) but his closeness to a predominant culture and lifestyle—America’s pulse. The second part of the document, written as a kind of elongated footer, is a commentary on the artist’s silkscreens. Neiman is widely remembered through his posters and prints which gained, and maintained, mass appeal. The writing then reiterates this popularity. Below this record, he provides a brief history of prints.

Creator

LeRoy Neiman

Source

LeRoy Neiman Foundation

Publisher

LeRoy Neiman Foundation

Date

c. 1990-2011

Contributor

LeRoy Neiman

Rights

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

Relation

Notes

Format

Image/jpeg

Language

English

Type

Document

Identifier

LN_Notes_2141

Coverage

New York (N.Y.) New York

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Text

I hope my paintings of the habits and manners of (the) life of my time will spare the social historians of the future unnecessary research.
My motifs of the social action of the times observed by my eyes and delineated by my hand will live on evidencing my high regard for the public.
At age 75, after 25 plus years of producing silk screen prints for the popular market, am prepared to practice graphic art as a means of reproduction just to make a print.
Prints were originally the art of small sized pictures primarily intended to be viewed at the distance from hand to eye.

Original Format

Permanent marker on paper.

Files

LN_Notes_2141.jpg

Citation

LeRoy Neiman, “Note on Art,” LeRoy Neiman Foundation, accessed November 28, 2021, https://leroyneimanfoundation.omeka.net/items/show/197.