Artist: LeRoy Neiman
Title: Whores, Wars, and Tin Pan Alley original poster
Size: 22" x 14"
Framed: 28 7/8" x 21 15/16"
Edition: Less than 500
Condition: Mint never displayed Show Poster
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Allen Swift (aka Ira Stadlen) was a collector and admirer of Leroy Neiman's work. Allen was the producer of Whores, Wars, and Tin Pan Alley. In 1969 Allen approached Neiman to provide him with the art that would be printed on his marketing posters.
In a statement from Allen "We ( my wife, Lenore Loveman and I) have felt that all three of LeRoy Neiman's sketches expressed perfectly the sensuality, irony, and decadence in Germany between two World Wars that Weill and Brecht so acutely captured in shows such as "The Threepenny Opera" and Mahagonny." "Whores, Wars & Tin Pan Alley" featured music from those shows.
About the Show
Whores, Wars, & Tin Pan Alley, "An evening of songs by Kurt Weill, "Theater the Bitter End; transferred to the Sheridan Square Playhouse on July 3rd 1969. Opening Date was June 16th 1969. Cast Martha Schlamme and Alvin Epstein.
This piece came directly from Allen Swift's family. Neiman created three paintings to choose from for his marketing posters. He gave one of the paintings to his daughter in which I acquired. At the time I tried to buy the other two, however Allen was not willing to give them up. In bad health Allen wrote a letter of provenance dated March 11th 2010 to myself in the case his family would like to sell the rest of the works created including the posters for the marketing of the show. Sadly, Allen passed on April 18th 2010. Recently Allen's family reached out to me once again and decided it was time.
About LeRoy Neiman
Named the most popular artist in the United States, LeRoy Neiman was best known for his vibrantly colored, dynamic depictions of sports and entertainment. This painter of “the good life” had the unprecedented skill to capture a figure in motion, while his genre scenes appealed to the broad public. He saw himself as an illustrator, even rather than a painter, while the pleasant moments from the everyday life he painted in a realistic manner.
Fusing action painting techniques with Pop Art and Impressionist and Expressionist elements, Neiman emerged as a master of color. He often used clean, unmixed nuances while his highly recognizable, brilliant palette developed. The color was his way of enhancing the experience, the scents, and feelings of the chosen subject.
LeRoy Neiman started his professional career in the 1950s during “the magazine era”, and subsequently created illustrations for many magazines. The most notable one of the publications holding his illustrations is Playboy, but his work was featured in Sports Illustrated and Harpers as well.
As the creator of vivid chronicles of the American life, Neiman became increasingly and widely popular, even though he was never fully accepted by the ‘haute’ critics, comparing him to Norman Rockwell. Nevertheless, he never ceased to work in the way he saw as best, captivating audiences with his skill, even painting on television! His works were exhibited at the Hammer Galleries in New York and the Franklin Bowles Gallery in San Francisco among other venues.
Although fame brought him immense wealth, Neiman - a child of the Great Depression, lived frugally. At the same time, he was very generous, having donated almost $20 million to different art institutions around the country. This “American Impressionist” also served as the official artist of 5 Olympic Games, and he painted many prestigious sporting events, from the Kentucky Derby to America’s Boxing Cup and Super Bowl. Among his portrait subjects, we can find many celebrities, politicians and influential figures from different areas.
LeRoy Neiman was born as LeRoy Runquist on June 8, 1921, in St. Paul, MN. He attended St. Paul School of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago after he completed military service. He lived in New York City, where he died on June 20, 2012, at the age of 91.