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All Told: My Art and Life Among Athletes, Playboys, Bunnies, and Provocateurs by [Neiman, LeRoy]
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"What intrigued me about LeRoy from the very beginning was that his work was rooted in fine art.  He was teaching at the Art Institute when nobody else was blurring the lines between fine art and commercial art like he was. He’s always had that distinctive LeRoy style, one that I knew from day one would define the unique nature of Playboy. Trust has been the key to our relationship, and he’s the only artist I’ve worked with for more than fifty years. He’s a tremendous talent and a tremendous human being." 

         --Hugh Hefner

 

"It was not unusual for me to look up from a workout or a sparring session to see LeRoy perched on a chair, off to the side, studying my movements while sketching in quick strokes. With his bold colors and distinctive artistic style, LeRoy’s art and sketches captured my attention and imagination. He made me look as colorful and pretty on paper as I was in person--now that’s talent!"

          --Muhammad Ali

 

"LeRoy Neiman’s love of jazz is real.  His series of stunning poster art, depicting Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday contributed immensely to the success that is The Newport Jazz Festival. LeRoy donated this work to us in the years between 1964 and 2004.  He would accept no compensation, which we couldn’t have afforded any way. His work and his story, All Told, are priceless."

          --George Wein, jazz impresario, founder of The Newport Jazz Festival

 

“Pop culture’s court painter, LeRoy Neiman, turns 91, an occasion he’ll celebrate by publishing an often amusing autobiography…”

           --The New York Times Style magazine

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“What intrigued me about LeRoy from the very beginning was that his work was rooted in fine art.  He was teaching at the Art Institute when nobody else was blurring the lines between fine art and commercial art like he was. He’s always had that distinctive LeRoy style, one that I knew from day one would define the unique nature of Playboy. Trust has been the key to our relationship, and he’s the only artist I’ve worked with for more than fifty years. He’s a tremendous talent and a tremendous human being.”  

          —Hugh Hefner

 

“It was not unusual for me to look up from a workout or a sparring session to see LeRoy perched on a chair, off to the side, studying my movements while sketching in quick strokes. With his bold colors and distinctive artistic style, LeRoy’s art and sketches captured my attention and imagination. He made me look as colorful and pretty on paper as I was in person—now that’s talent!”

          —Muhammad Ali

 

“LeRoy Neiman’s love of jazz is real.  His series of stunning poster art, depicting Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday contributed immensely to the success that is The Newport Jazz Festival. LeRoy donated this work to us in the years between 1964 and 2004.  He would accept no compensation, which we couldn’t have afforded any way. His work and his story, All Told, are priceless.”

          —George Wein, jazz impresario, founder of The Newport Jazz Festival

 

“Pop culture’s court painter, LeRoy Neiman, turns 91, an occasion he’ll celebrate by publishing an often amusing autobiography…”

          The New York Times Style magazine


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  • File Size: 25748 KB
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  • Publisher: Lyons Press (June 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2012
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085T1VM4
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Format: Hardcover
On the morning of December 7, 1963, twenty-two years after Pearl Harbor and exactly two weeks after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, LeRoy Neiman got into a limousine along with Shel Silverstein and Hugh Hefner. Their destination? The Cook County Courthouse, to face obscenity charges.

Elsewhere, the nation still reeled over the death of a President.

In Chicago, the legal system would express its concerns over what individual citizens do at home alone in the dark. It was The City of Chicago vs. Playboy, and Neiman was right there in the middle of it all. It was to become his first courtroom sketches drawn from life. According to Neiman, "The jury returned with their verdict: hung jury. No pun intended."

LeRoy Neiman's autobiography, All Told, is filled with similar stories from numerous and amazingly diverse settings. Readers will be surprised and pleased that this great artist is also a great story teller. From the ridiculous to the sublime, sincere to sensuous, this aficionado of the finer things of life tells his stories in a friendly conversational voice. Some of the best stories involve his encounters with provocateurs and raconteurs including both the rich and famous and those who were neither.

Any artist depends on contacts and exposure to propel his or her career (he was knighted in 1957). Networking and referrals are the lifeblood. Neiman had two of the best contacts an artist could hope to have: Hugh Hefner and Roone Arledge. Neiman's work provided one of the (many) reasons for millions to say that they purchased Playboy for something other than the nude pictorials. ABC Sports put his work on display to 80 million people.
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LeRoy Neiman's memoir, released so shortly before his passing only yesterday, shows us that this was a man who lived life to the fullest especially through his passion for art; he gave so much to us through his outstanding artwork. Just as other reviewers note, Neiman knew so many people and a number of them helped advance his career. On a personal note, I remember being given a Neiman print many years ago from a good friend of mine; it is of a baseball player at bat and every time I look at it the vivid colors still impress me. Neiman was one of few artists who could truly capture the action and tension of a moment in sports using color and thoughtful drawing.

Equally important, LeRoy Neiman writes well; this is an absorbing memoir that captured my attention and held it until the very last page. I couldn't put it down! I was fascinated by Neiman's stories of his relationships, some of them quite useful for his career to advance, including Hugh Hefner; Roone Arledge; Andy Warhol; Muhammad Ali; Frank Sinatra and so many others. The photos and the artwork in this book are excellent, too. I could really see how Neiman fused both fine art and popular art to make stunning works of art that were uniquely his own.

"Describing Neiman as `first and foremost a colorist,' Malcolm Lein wrote, `His tones are vivid, jarring, and at times, gaudily biting; they explode in an effusion of reds, blues, pinks, greens, and yellows; they shimmer and dance across the surface plane, electrified bits of pure energy. ` `Extremely important in my painting is the use of the same color for both positive and negative purposes. . . ,' Neiman explained in a letter to American Artist that appeared in an article by William Caxton Jr. in the April 1961 issue.
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LeRoy Neiman was a prolific and talented artist with an impressive, "self-made man," life. Yet he constantly bemoans the fact that he is not more recognized by the "serious art" world. Then he says he doesn't care. Then he blames it on his association with Playboy. Book was entertaining enough, and reproductions of his work were enjoyable, but the text was more "short-story worthy" than "book worthy." Not because he didn't live an interesting life, but because he revealed very little of it in this book.
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I was once a fellow at the Huntington Hartford Foundation In California. THe ex wife of a well known anthologist of poets spent some time with us. She would name drop every major American poet,Most people stopped listening to her ;Robert Frost said:......! It takes skill to name drop . LeRoy's book does it with a little humor and insight. I met Leroy Neiman in 1951 at a party given by the A.E. painter James V. Harvey cited by Arthur Danto as an under-rated painter.I would see Leroy at school and his basement apartment on N.Wabash ,near Chicago Ave. only 3 blocks from my place at 17 East Erie. ,I visited his class on fashion illustration.He taught it successfully and his methods seemed sound to me. He mastered fashion illustration ,I would place him next to Rene Bouch'e.He had an flair and élan for this work. Something that is lacking in his work in color for Playboy.I went with my drawings to Playboy in the fall of 1953 ,Art Paul said the philosophy of Playboy was 3 things:Sex!,Sex and Sex! A friend, brought the production chief to a party I gave ,he said:the only one in the magazine interested in sex was Hef. After seeing Paul , I went the block and a half to LeRoy's place ,he was busy as always working..he said he hadn't been over to Playboy yet, although he had heard about the magazine.In 1957 I had a show at the Palmer House gallery.LeRoy came as well as some staff from the AIC.My impression of Leroy was he had a soft side but ,could muster great nerve and confidence.He said,one day that if you went out on the street and asked them who Dekooning was they wouldn't know. That isn't true of Leroy he is better known than a great many artists,today.I saw a painting,a still life by Leroy in the Corcoran Biennial in 1957, it was a credible piece of work,he could paint and he loved it.Read more ›
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