Note on Art

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Title

Note on Art

Subject

A note from LeRoy Neiman on portraiture and his artistic process.

Description

This note from LeRoy Neiman reveals the artist’s thoughts on portraiture and his artistic process, more generally. The first section of the writing speaks to Neiman’s method of assessing a subject. (e.g. He writes, “I penetrate in in the subject observed from whatever distance.”) The majority of this analysis constitutes a discussion of physiognomy. The second section speaks to the kind of “everyday” aspects of Neiman’s work. Not only does the artist emphasize the literal everyday character of his practice (i.e. he makes work, largely, everyday) but it also more tacitly underlines his interest in the ordinary.

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_829

Coverage

New York (N.Y.) New York

Text Item Type Metadata

Text

I penetrate in the subject observed from whatever distance (PANORAMIC)—6 ft.—10 yards—shoulder to shoulder—external.
How dressed, presented—movement, of a persona how they stand, sit or walk. Mannerisms, gestures, expression, attitudes, pretentions.
It can be a slant, an angle. A glimpse, prolonged external, all revealing (carriage) aspects of the inner person

Something it is necessary to stick one’s neck out rather than to embrace security
The art game looks for the new. So if that is the artist’s (creator’s) vent there is a receptive target. I prefer the familiar. I work every day seeking excellence, development, self-expression. If I have not drawn for several days, I get off center and try to regain the rhythm.
Sometimes (through persistence too much) I go stale and cannot get excited enough to work. At this point I do not wait for the mood. I just tie into doing it. I can capitalize on accidents and mistakes, but seek or defend them.

Original Format

Felt-tipped pen on paper.

Files

LN_Notes_829.jpg

Citation

LeRoy Neiman, “Note on Art,” LeRoy Neiman Foundation, accessed August 16, 2022, https://leroyneimanfoundation.omeka.net/items/show/42.