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Action! The Anatomy of LeRoy Neiman’s Champions
September 27, 2017 - December 22, 2017
LeRoy Neiman (1921–2012) left his mark on the history of sports art. Even those unfamiliar with his name will know his art by sight: bright pinks, magentas, and greens applied in a fluid, abstract manner to describe action on the football field, on the basketball court, and in the gymnasium. Neiman knew major sports figures as personal friends and, like a wartime photographer, he embedded with the troops. Action! features 74 paintings and drawings that shed new light on Neiman as a master draftsman deeply grounded in the many languages of the graphic arts, as well as in their most basic precept: the ability to capture motion. Athletes and the athletically gifted provided Neiman with source material of which he never tired. This exhibition highlights Neiman’s ability to capture pose and gesture, from Joe Montana preparing a pass or Prince Philip playing polo to dancers contorting their bodies on the street and stage.
Image: LeRoy Neiman, American (1921-2012), Joe Montana, 1989, colored pencil, pastel, spray paint, and felt pen on paper, © LeRoy Neiman Foundation, New York.