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Leroy Neiman on Safari Hardcover – March, 1997

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Neiman's sojourn in the Kenyan savannah yielded plenty of material for his trademark party-colored canvases--lion, elephant, cape buffalo, rhino, cheetah, and the like--creatures who emerge here from a throng of oily daubs, drips, and palette knifings. But these works feel almost too spontaneous, as if dashed off in an obligatory manner. More satisfying are the pen-and-ink and sepia works, which are less self-conscious and display a more fluid and less facile line. Here he captures both aura and gesture: a splay- legged giraffe grazing on grass, a toe-stepping warthog, zebras at full tilt. There are plenty of photos of the man himself-- schmoozing with the Maasai, communing with rhinos, forever sketching--to punctuate the predictable text, which features a lot of huffing and puffing about the mingled fantasy and danger one encounters in a sweeping landscape, before, of course, one toddles back to camp for champagne and fois gras. (100 color illustrations) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N Abrams; First Edition edition (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810963329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810963320
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.8 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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O.K. Maybe this makes me a philistine, but I plead guilty to liking Leroy Neiman’s art. Neiman didn’t receive much critical respect. Why? Could it be because he was wildly commercially successful? And also accessible, so that the viewer didn’t need critics to “explain” his work?

When Neiman died, Christopher Knight, the L.A. Times art critic wrote “Leroy Neiman made art safe for Playboy-reading heterosexuals.” He called Neiman’s paintings “hackneyed” and “lousy,” but doesn’t explain why. In fact, Neiman was gifted enough to teach art at the School of the Chicago Institute of Art.

Like many, I first saw Neiman’s work in Playboy magazine. I’d been to museums and seen traditional academic paintings. But Neiman introduced me to what turned out to be a unique blend of impressionism, expressionism, and a few other isms. Bottom line: his work made me happy. Still does. His joy of life shined through. (He was a genuinely nice person, married to the same wife for decades, a generous philanthropist. A good guy).

Leroy Neiman On Safari is an enjoyable book and a good representation of an artist who brightened the world for a whole lot of people. It’s not my personal favorite, but it’s reasonably priced, as are his Art & Life Style and An American in Paris. His others are relatively pricey. Seems like those who own them hold onto them. So much for the critics!
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Did not know he had an "African wildlife" phase - thanks to Hugh Hefner everyone is able to enjoy this phase of Neiman.
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I know Neiman is not considered among the greats, but, I love his work and I especially like this book of African Animals.
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Great book!
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