Note on Art

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Title

Note on Art

Subject

A note providing a loose biography from LeRoy Neiman, from his childhood to service in WWII.

Description

This note from LeRoy Neiman provides a loose biography for the artist, early life through early adulthood. Moreoever, the document—written in preparation for the artist’s memoir, All Told—foreshadows the emphasis’ of chapters on these subjects (i.e. his broken home, the Depression, academic underachievement, and dereliction in WWII). Below this list is a further commentary to his military service and training. Neiman, with the record, seems to make a connection between these personal “failures” and his artistic career, with these founderings as presupposing his achievements in the arts. These failures should then not be seen as expression of deficiency in character but a personal assertion of a kind of externality from bourgeois life. Neiman frames himself as a naturally born and socially conditioned risk taker, not entrepreneur.

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.

Format

Image/jpeg

Language

English

Type

Document

Identifier

LN_Notes_2250

Coverage

New York (N.Y.) New York

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Text

(4) sound requisites for the artists motivation which aided me at the outset
(1) Begin life at a poverty level
(2) Come from a broken home,
(3) Be a high-school dropout.
(4) Have an undistinguished military career.
To sum my case history
1942 Drop out of high school
1943 Drafted into the army
1943-4 Volunteers for Army C&B Cooks and Bakers School
I learn edible animal autonomy chalking up and cutting up full carcasses of beef lamb and pig.
Prepares meals in the back of Kitchen trucks on the Mojave Desert, trans continental Troop train, on the Aquatania troop ship
Atlantic crossing, and throughout the ETO
England, France, Belgium and Germany
Paints swastikas on AA gun barrels in combat zones when enemy planes are shot down
During army occupation does V.D. posters in Freiberg Germany
From Warring England to the ware conclusion with 5 Battle Stars in the ETO INCLUDING The Invasion of Normandy The [?] and the Battle of the Bulge

Original Format

Pen on paper.

Files

LN_Notes_2250.jpg

Citation

LeRoy Neiman, “Note on Art,” LeRoy Neiman Foundation, accessed July 6, 2020, https://leroyneimanfoundation.omeka.net/items/show/206.