LeRoy Neiman created hundreds of prints during his life, and those wishing to view or acquire them may visit www.leroyneiman.com for listings. Neiman also created the art – and in some cases the text – for 18 books, which are described below. Many remain in print today and may be found at bookstores and online.
All Told: My Art and Life Among Athletes, Playboys, Bunnies, and ProvocateursBy LeRoy Neiman 352 pages Over 200 color and black and white images Lyons Press, Guilford, CT, 2012 Purchase from AmazonPlain-spoken, direct, earthy, reflective, humble, and proud, LeRoy Neiman led an enchanted life, if one with many ups and downs. His memoir tells all, within the bounds of good taste. Neiman recounts his artistic, professional, and romantic influences, the admiration he held for the men and women he immortalized on canvas and in sketches, and the endearing foibles of those he knew. “I’m a storyteller,” Neiman wrote, “only I tell my stories in a riot of color. Painters have always told stories – martyrdoms, murders, battles, saints, and sinners – and that’s still what I do.”
Big-Time Golf175 pages 192 Illustrations 167 full color plates Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, NY 1994 Purchase from leroyneiman.comNeiman’s tribute to "the splendors of world-class golf, its premier players and courses" through vivid on-the-spot sketches, majestic panoramas, and commentary. Neiman focuses not only on the post-War masters of the game but also the caddies who helped shave strokes off their rounds, the crowds who sought inspiration from the long, arcing drives, chip shots, and round-winning and heartbreaking putts that defined two generations of competitors and the lush, verdant landscapes they dominated.
By LeRoy Neiman 140 pages Knoedler Publishing, Inc., New York, NY 1981
Neiman’s notebook from his extensive visit to Brazil and Carnaval in the early 1980's is reproduced in full color.
Casey at the Bat
96 pages 38 Illustrations Hand-signed limited edition or trade hardcover Deuce Editions, New York, NY, 2001 Purchase from Leroyneiman.com
In 2001, Neiman rendered a series of charcoal and wash sketches that created a new iconography of Ernest L. Thayer classic 1888 poem, “Casey at the Bat.” Neiman drew upon the countless hours he’d spent in ballparks across America studying the titans of swat – Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Jose Canseco – and their powerful wrists and rippling forearms.
Casey at the Bat was published in a hand-signed limited edition, bound in cowhide, the same materials as a baseball itself, and in a cloth bound edition. Both feature an Introduction by Joe Torre, at the time the manager of the New York Yankees, who had many times witnessed the sunken silence of ballparks after a local hero proved his mortality.
350 pages 413 Illustrations 366 full color plates Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, NY, 1979
“For LeRoy Neiman no other animal can compare with the horse, “that most beautiful and noble creature” that artists through the ages have painted with awe and reverence. Now Neiman, America’s premier art of the sporting world, has gathered nearly nearly every one of his drawings, paintings, and sketches of horses and worldwide equestrian events in this imposing volume. The result is a Triple Crown winner.”
LeRoy Neiman: An American in Paris
By LeRoy Neiman 160 pages 139 Illustrations 128 full color plates Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, NY, 1994 Purchase from Leroyneiman.com
Neiman first visited Paris in the 1940s while in the U.S. Army, lived there in the early 1960s, and visited it repeatedly throughout his life, notably in 1991 and 1992, where he camped out at a table – sketchbook in hand – at Fouquet’s, the noted brasserie on the Champs-Élysées. An American in Paris presents Neiman’s warm and wry comments and drawings and paintings of this "badge of café royalty, a regal wrapping around the corner of the Champs-Elysées and the Avenue George-V" in a lavishly scaled, oversized book
LeRoy Neiman: Art & Life Style
By LeRoy Neiman 285 pages 333 llustrations Published by Felice, New York, NY, 1974
“LeRoy Neiman: Art & Life Style is a book for all seasons and for all tastes. A superlative selection of Neiman’s finest work is highlighted by the artist’s notes on the people, places and events he has painted- from chic society beauties, superstars and big business wheeler-dealers to Bowery rejects, poolroom hustlers and sidewalk hustlers. Neiman’s art transcends all class distinctions to capture the kaleidoscope social scene”.
– From the dust jacket
LeRoy Neiman: Femlin
By LeRoy Neiman 186 pages Published by M Press, Milwaukie, OR, 2007
“When LeRoy Neiman and Hugh Hefner met in the early 1950’s, while LeRoy was doing women’s high fashion drawings and Hef was a copywriter in the Chicago department store Carson Pirie Scott, neither could have predicted that a 12-inch woman called Femlin was waiting in the wings. But Femlin is mischievous. She’s spunky. And she knows how to strike while the iron is hot. Fifty years later, Femlin is still going strong and sassy. Neiman has drawn her for every issue of Playboy for the past half-century, showing her at play, at sport, and at her ease. Wearing her trademark heels, stockings and gloves – and not much else – Femlin has become a beloved icon of Playboy. . . and a celebrity in her own right.
– From the dust jacket
LeRoy Neiman: Five Decades
By LeRoy Neiman and Richard Brilliant 288 pages 345 full color plates Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, NY, 2003 Purchase from Leroyneiman.com
A revelatory look at Neiman’s work, from his early drawings of jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Miles Davis to denizens of café society to political leaders and sports immortals Muhammad Ali, Mickey Mantle, and Tiger Woods. The most complete look at Neiman’s work to date, LeRoy Neiman Five Decades showcases the artist’s mastery with pen, charcoal, and paint as he chronicled the rich, multifaceted spectacle of postwar America and Europe.
LeRoy Neiman Posters: 29 Events of Our Times
By Leroy Neiman and Darlene Geis 64 pages Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, NY, 1980
An oversized softcover book of 29 Neiman posters, including those from an Ali-Frazier Fight, the 1975 World Series, and the poster promoting Ali-Foreman’s Rumble in the Jungle.
LeRoy Neiman on Safari
100 Illustrations in Color Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, NY 1997 Purchase from Leroyneiman.com
Neiman turned his eye and hand to the African veldt and jungle in 1997, turning his attention and the skills and vision he had developed in boxing arenas, casinos, and four-star restaurants to some of the most majestic creatures on earth. Using a brilliant palette that captured the heat and warm earth tones and lush vegetation of the wild, Neiman immerses the viewer in a forbidding, mesmerizing world.
The LeRoy Neiman Sketchbook: 1964 Liston vs Clay, 1965 Ali vs Liston
Signed and numbered collector's edition of 500 copies PowerHouse Books, New York, NY, 2004 Purchase from Leroyneiman.com
Neiman covered the two legendary bouts between Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali, both before and after Ali’s conversion to Islam. The days leading up to the first fight were thick with tension as the upstart Ali proclaimed that he would "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee" and taunted and belittled Liston. A 7-1 underdog, Ali prevailed and then, in the rematch, stood towering over Liston during a first-round knockout.
Neiman’s sketchbook shows both men as they trained and prepared for the fights, the enmity between them palpable in their expressions and body language. The fights launched Ali to world fame, and his coverage of them made Neiman a household name.
Moby Dick or, The Whale
By Herman Melville, Jacques-Yves Cousteau and LeRoy Neiman Edition of 1500 Published by The Artist’s Limited Edition 1970
A beautifully illustrated artist’s edition of Melville’s classic with a preface by Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Monte Carlo Chase
123 pages 56 illustrations Published by Alfred Van Der Marck Editions, New York, NY 1988 Purchase from Leroyneiman.com
A tale of art world intrigue set in glittering Monte Carlo, diamond-head of the French Riviera, Neiman created a fictional narrative of an artist in pursuit of a felonious art dealer in Monte Carlo Chase. This heavily illustrated tale takes the reader through the luxurious cabanas, palatial homes, and glittering restaurants and night clubs of the playground of international – and self-proclaimed – masters of the universe.
The Prints of LeRoy Neiman
362 pages Published by Knoedler Publishers, New York, NY, 1980
Neiman’s serigraphs, etchings and lithographs up to 1980. Includes a preface by Alfred Frankenstein and an essay by F. Lanier Graham called “The Art of LeRoy Neiman: A Stylistic and Sociological Analysis.”
The Prints of LeRoy Neiman 1980 – 1990
212 pages 102 Plates in Full Color 53 Black and White Illustrations Knoedler Publishing, New York, NY 1991 Purchase from Leroyneiman.com
The Prints of LeRoy Neiman 1980 - 1990 reproduces all of the prints in all of the editions that Neiman published from 1980 to 1990 in plates the artist reviewed and approved, including 97 serigraphs and ten etchings. The definitive reference for the artist’s print oeuvre of the decade. Along with a chronology of Neiman's life and work there are two scholarly studies,“Prints of Power” by sociologist David Halle and New York Historical Society’s Louise Mirrer. and “Being There” by art historian, Lynn Thorpe McAllister.
The Prints of LeRoy Neiman 1991 – 2000
212 pages 82 full color plates 5 black and white illustrations 27 photographs Knoedler Publishing, New York, NY, 2000 Purchase from Leroyneiman.com
The Prints of LeRoy Neiman 1991 - 2000 presents in true and brilliant color reproductions of the 82 serigraphs and 5 etchings that Neiman created following the publication of The Prints of LeRoy Neiman 1980 - 1990. The Prints of LeRoy Neiman, 1991 – 2000 also features photographs of the artist with many of his well-known subjects and “Neimanland,” an essay by art critic and historian Jan Avgikos, of Columbia University, that examines Neiman's remarkable career as a painter and exceptional popularity.
Winners: My Thirty Years in Sports
By LeRoy Neiman 350 pages 635 illustrations Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, NY, 1983
“Although LeRoy Neiman calls his book Winners, he is quick to point out that he is presenting an egalitarian study of sports. For more than a quarter century, Neiman has worked as an artist on the sports scene, portraying losers as well as winners- the important thing was to capture players of the game and document their incredible quality of what Ernest Hemmingway referred to as “grace under pressure.””
– From the dust jacket